Where are they now? The 10 best teenagers in Football Manager 2008
6. Jonathan de Guzman
De Guzman was thrusted into Feyenoord’s first team shortly after his 18th birthday, and his club had extremely high hopes for him. The Dutchman, who was born in Canada to parents of Filipino and Jamaican descent, played 31 times in his debut campaign of 2005/06. By 2008, he was a permanent fixture in the Rotterdam side’s starting XI.
De Guzman bagged two goals as he helped Swansea beat Bradford 5-0 in the League Cup final in 2013
De Guzman was close to signing for Manchester City in summer 2009, but the proposed deal fell through and he stuck around for a another year before joining Mallorca.
Unfortunately for the midfielder, it’s been a tale of injuries and inconsistency ever since: De Guzman has spent time at Mallorca, Villarreal, Napoli, Swansea, Carpi, Chievo and Eintracht Frankfurt in the last eight seasons, averaging just over 26 league appearances per club.
5. Ismail Aissati
Aissati became the youngest Dutch player to feature in the Champions League in 2005, playing for PSV against Milan aged 17 years and 64 days. Despite his considerable talent, however, PSV sold the attacking midfielder to Ajax in 2008 – but an early knee injury halted his progress in Amsterdam.
Aissati won the Eredevisie with PSV in 2006 and 2008 before transferring and winning it with Ajax in 2012
Aissati struggled to recover from his bad start and was on the move again in 2012 after just 41 Eredivisie outings for Ajax. First, he spent at season at Turkish outfit Antalyaspor, then stayed at Akhmat Grozny in the Russian Premier League from 2013-16.
He returned to Turkey at the end of his contract, penning a deal with Alanyaspor, and can now be found at second-tier side Balikesirspor.
Anderson didn’t spend much of his senior career at Gremio – just 31 first-team appearances before joining Porto in 2006 – but he’ll forever be idolised after scoring the goal which earned the Imortal Tricolor promotion back to Série A.
Anderson scored his penalty in the 2008 Champions League final in Moscow as Manchester United beat Chelsea
He didn’t last long in Portugal either, stopping off for just a single season with Porto before earning his big move to Manchester United.
The Brazilian certainly had his moments during an eight-year spell at Old Trafford – he contributed to four Premier League titles and their 2008 Champions League triumph – but he never lived up to his billing as a potential superstar.
After an unsuccessful loan stint at Fiorentina in 2014/15, Anderson returned to Brazil with Internacional at the end of the campaign, and is now on loan with Coritiba.