From: scoopex on 14 Nov 2008 10:32
Moyes uses Football Manager to scout players!
EVERTON have become the first club in the world to sign up a computer
game to look for the next footballing superstar.
The Premiership side have done a deal with the makers of the bestselling
video game Football Manager to get an early look at their database of
370,000 players worldwide.
It cuts out the first stage of scouting for players - waiting for
feedback from the club's network of talent spotters.
Football Manager's footballers, from junior level upwards, are
meticulously researched and rated so that game players can choose them
to make up their own dream team for competitions.
Clubs can use the same data to short-list potential targets all over the
world before flying out to evaluate them.
Previous highly rated young players on the Sports Interactive game
included two teenagers destined for world fame - England and Manchester
United ace Wayne Rooney and Argentine wizard Lionel Messi.
Football Manager relies on its own network of 1000 scouts in 50
countries monitoring 20,000 teams.
Everton will get exclusive access to the full database.
The deal is special for one of the game's creators, Paul Collyer - an
He said: "The database is the most extensive scouting network in
football so Everton FC is making a top signing."
Football Manager studio director Miles Jacobson added: "Clubs use the
game to research certain players ... but formal recognition by a top
team is fantastic."