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Best Players on Football Manager 2011 - Aid The Boss

Best Players on Football Manager 2011

Me and a few friends have been compiling this list since the demo came out, and have done a lot of work on it since the full game came out! We have put together what we think some of the best players in Football Manager 2011 are. I have excluded all of the most obvious names such as Messi & Ronaldo, and tried to bring you some stars of FM2011 that you should keep an eye out for when playing!

I have mixed the more well known players, with some young stars, so you get a good selection of players old and young. I did make a shortlist, but it was deleted from FM for some reason. However, check back this post in a couple of days and the shortlist will be up!

Football Manager 2011 Best Players


  • Rene Adler – Bayern Levekusen
  • Hugo Lloris – Lyon
  • Igor Akinfeev – CSKA Moscow
  • Manuel Neuer – Schalke
  • Guillermo Ochoa – Club America
  • Sergio Asenjo – Atletico Madrid
  • Doni – Roma
  • Salvatore Sirigu – Palermo
  • Joe Hart – Man City
  • Samir Handanovic – Udinese
  • Ralf Fahrmann – Wolfsburg
  • Stephane Ruffier – Monaco
  • Andrea Consigli – Atalanta
  • Matej Delac – Vitesse
  • David De Gea – Atletico Madrid
  • Vincenzo Fiorillo – Spezia

Left Backs

  • Aleksandar Kolarov – Man City
  • Gareth Bale – Tottenham
  • Federico Balzaretti – Palermo
  • Domenico Criscito – Genoa
  • Marcelo – Real Madrid
  • Fabio – Man Utd
  • Luca Antontini – Milan
  • Mattia Cassani – Palermo
  • Michael Bastos – Lyon
  • Diego Renan – Cruziero
  • Joe Mattock – West Brom

Right Backs

  • Davide Santon – Inter
  • Rafinha – Genoa
  • Darijo Srna – Shakhtar
  • Lassana Diarra – Real Madrid
  • Lorenzo De Silvestri – Fiorentina
  • Rafael – Man Utd
  • Cesar Azpilicueta – Marseille
  • Alexandr Anyukov – Zenit
  • Daniele Bonera – Milan
  • Sebastian Corchia – PSG

Centre Backs

  • Nicolas Otamendi – Porto
  • Mamadou Sakho – PSG
  • Jan Vertonghen – Ajax
  • Lucio – Inter
  • Giorgio Chillieni – Juventus
  • Nedum Onuoha – Sunderland
  • Filipe – Deportivo
  • Mirel Radoi – Al Hilal
  • Federico Fazio – Sevilla
  • Sami Khedira – Stuttgart
  • Marc Muniesa – Barcelona
  • Micah Richards – Man City
  • Gerard Pique – Barcelona
  • Breno – Bayern Munich
  • Thiago Heleno – Cruzeiro
  • Cristian Zapata – Udinese
  • Simon Kjaer – Wolfsburg
  • Rafael Miranda – Maritimo
  • David Luiz – Benfica
  • Thiago Silva – AC Milan
  • Gerson – Gremoio
  • Kyriakos Papadopoulos – Olympiakos
  • Nelson Rivas – Livorno
  • Jeremy Toulalan – Lyon
  • Naldo – Werder Bremen
  • Felipe – Fiorentina
  • Vincent Kompany – Man City
  • Gonzalo Rodriguez – Villarreal

Left Midfielders

  • Juan Angel Albin – Getafe
  • Zoran Tosic – CSKA Moscow
  • Juan Manuel Vargas – Fiorentina
  • Antonio Cassano – Sampdoria
  • Ibrahim Afellay – PSV
  • Sebastian Giovinco – Parma
  • Stevan Jovetic – Fiorentina
  • Mirko Vucinic – Roma
  • Diego Buonanotte – River Plate
  • Danny – Zenit
  • Franck Ribery – FC Bayern
  • Mesut Ozil – Real Madrid
  • Angel Di Maria – Real Madrid
  • Adam Johnson – Man City
  • Santiago Cazorla – Villareal

Right Midfielders

  • Jesús Navas – Sevilla
  • Yoann Gourcuff – Bourdeaux
  • Arjen Robben – FC Bayern
  • Pedro – Barcelona
  • Simone Pepe – Juventus
  • Jose Sosa – Napoli
  • Theo Walcott – Arsenal
  • Henri Saivet – Bourdeaux
  • Marko Marin – Werder Bremen
  • Steven Pienaar – Everton
  • Stephane Sessegnon – PSG
  • Simao – Atletico Madrid
  • Aaron Lennon – Tottenham
  • Darijo Srna – Shakhtar
  • Maxi Rodriguez – Liverpool
  • Alexis Sanchez – Udinese
  • Chinedu Obasi – FC Bayern

Defensive Midfielders

  • Daniele De Rossi – Roma
  • Felipe Melo – Juventus
  • Miguel Veloso – Genoa
  • Etienne Capoue – Toulouse
  • Moussa Sissoko – Toulouse
  • Mohammed Sissoko – Juventus
  • Lorenzo Crisetig – Inter
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern
  • Ever Banega – Valencia
  • Lars Bender – Leverkusen
  • Fernando Gago – Real Madrid
  • Claudio Marchisio – Juventus
  • Ignacio Camacho – Atletico Madrid
  • Tinga – Palmeiras
  • Sandro – Tottenham

Attacking Midfielders

  • Pablo Piatti – Almeria
  • Sofiane Feghouli – Grenoble
  • Stefan Defour – Standard
  • Diego – Wolfsburg
  • Marek Hamsik – Napoli
  • Axel Witsel – Standard
  • Joao Moutinho – Sporting
  • Paulo Henrique – Santos
  • Ismail Aissati – Ajax
  • Riccardo Montolivo – Fiorentina
  • Alan Dzagoev – CSKA Moscow
  • Miralem Pjanic – Lyon
  • Toni Kroos – FC Bayern
  • Renato Augusto – Leverkusen


  • Gonzalo Higuain – Real Madrid
  • Sergio Aguero – Atletico Madrid
  • Mario Balotelli – Man City
  • Pato – Milan
  • Karim Benzema – Real Madrid
  • Chinedu Obasi – Bayern
  • Goran Pandev – Inter
  • Edinson Cavani – Napoli
  • Mirko Vucinic – Roma
  • Marco Borriello – Roma
  • Bojan – Barcelona
  • Ezequiel Lavezzi – Napoli
  • Edin Dzeko – Wolfsburg
  • Fabio Quagliarella – Juventus
  • Alexandr Kerzhakov – Zenit
  • Juan Manuel Mata – Valencia
  • Thomas Muller – FC Bayern
  • Lisandro Lopez – Lyon
  • Robert Acquafresca – Cagilari
  • Amauri – Juventus
  • Mario Gomez – FC Bayern
  • Jeremy Menez – Roma
  • Rodrigo Palacio – Genoa
  • Alexis Sanchez – Udinese

Do you agree with the players on the list? Have you got any suggestions of your own? Let us know, and we will work to add more players to the list and make it even bigger! We appreciate your contributions, so comment on this post with your suggestions!

  • Tony

    I’m not sure about ‘Igor Akinfeev’, his attributes look pretty poor (at the start anyway).

    • Dan

      I think he’s quite good mate, there are a few goalkeepers better than him. He has some good GK attributes, 16 for kicking, one on ones, bravery, and 17 for reflexes and positioning. He’s still 24 as well, so got a good 10 years or so in him 🙂

      Just my opinion though! I just signed him as my replacement for Almunia!

    • akinfeev is insane man

    • hi guys waz up what was the score of arsenal? was the match good

    • dan

      man utd team, 2014/2015 season,

      GK) David De Gea,- does not concede
      RWB) Rafael
      LWB) Fabio
      DC) Mats Hummels- rock
      DC) Simon Kjaer- rock
      RW) Alexis Sanchez- set piece genius
      LW) Eden Hazard- 25 assists in 30 games
      MC) Claudio Marchisio
      AMC) Wesley Sneijder
      FW) Wayne Rooney/ Edison Cavani- 24 goals each in 23 games
      SC) Javier Hernandez-35 goals in 41 games

      • tom

        manchester city 2014-15
        David de gea( same as you, doesnt concede)(7/8million, asenjo is a good back up if you cant get de gea)
        LB)Fabio Coentrao (consistent high attributes)(10 million)
        CB)Mats Hummels (Best defender out there)(13-16million in first season
        CB)Gerard Pique( buy him in the first season so he is cheaper)
        RB)Moussa Sissoko(he works amazingly well her because the rest of team is full)
        CM)Marek Hamsik(17.5 million in the first season)
        CM)David Silva/Javi Martinez(silva was free and martinez was 19million ish)
        CM)Leroy Fer/Moussa Sissoko(8million for leroy fer and 10+ for moussa sissoko in the first season)
        CF)Luis Suarez(second in most of the world player of the year)(20 millionin first season)
        CF)Edin Dzeko(world player of the year 4 times in a row)(buyhim in the first season for around 25million but was the best buy ever)
        CF)Borja Baston/Iker Muninan(bost become amazing once they are 20 or 21 ish, buy in the first season)

    • Podolski, 44goals in 43 matches

      • tom

        Eden Dzeko 62 goals, 65 matches
        Hulk 38 goals, 58 matches
        Marek Hamsik 23 goals, 32 assists, 62 matches
        David DeGea 31 conceded, 65 games

  • Potta

    tbh mate its no different to FM09/10 list

  • Richard

    Balotelli plays for City not Inter!

  • Peet

    This list was not good! Players like Nani, Elia, Babacar and Musacchio should´ve been there, and I´ve got plenty more!

    • Axis

      khouma babacar and kun aguero ………lethal

      • Dammy

        Dont 4get lucas barrios. Bought him 2 man utd and was d highest goal scorer 4 d premiership in his first season.

    • Jozo

      sergio aguero is jun aguero noob.

      • Jozo

        sergio aguero is kun aguero noob.

        • Alex

          Lionel messi, David Villa,

    • Jeffrey

      I think Javier pastore should have been there as well…

  • jonh c

    and david luiz and fabio coentrao from benfica?and hulk from porto?

    • alex p

      hulk is a beast in real life and on the game

  • Antonio

    hi,you can post the shortlists download?

  • Chimbeqe

    Striker: Alberto Paloschi.. one of the best strikers in the game

  • Mark

    Lazy list, i could go on to another site and copy and paste the same players from a FM2010 list.

  • Neo

    Bogdan Stancu from Steaua Bucharest…a Great striker!

    • erhan

      yes absolutely I bought him and he is fantastic.(for Galatasaray). I think he can play every team

  • rares


    • dave

      u av 2 sign paulo henrique as well so can be at his best

  • Chimbeqe

    Federico Fazio is Sevilha’s player, not Atletico Madrid.. only erros here -.-‘

  • rob

    decent list but like others lots of errors, for example G.Bale is better suited to winger.

    There are a few players I have noticed, and I’m just about 2 seasons in.

    Thorgan Hazard
    Enzo Zidane (yes THE zidanes son)
    De Gea (becomes great after 2 seasons of first team football)
    Cristian Zapata (probably already know him)

  • Criss

    is the genie scout for fm2011 on its way? any ideas?

    • Dan

      Hey Criss, Genie Scout usually takes about a month and a half to come out. Check out this tool though being released sometime this week by the same guys: http://www.fmscout.com/i-1035-FM-Assistant-11-on-the-way.html 🙂

      • Criss

        thanks mate….i guess in the meantime i’ll send bierhoff or macia to scout some talents waiting for the genie scout to be born again and expand our horizons 🙂

  • Criss

    any lists/names for 4-5 star coaches?

  • Criss

    Can’t seem to sleep….all this fm2011 is keeping me awake!!!! By the way, does the scoring corner kick strategy work or they made things harder? Just curious….good nite Danny Boy and thanks for your love of the game….

  • eman

    i know everyone must have their say and all that but in all sincerity


    he’s an absolute wonder, he really is. His description is wonder kid, his speed is great and he can play down the left.
    everyone should try him out,

    • itch

      thats true… playing AML for me… 18 assists in 25 games (1st season) awesome player

  • Denv

    Dude some of those are just WRONG. Strikers are listed as midfielders, MC as DC and so on

  • MrJot

    Whats a genie scout ? Thanks

  • Dan

    Genie Scout is a tool for Football Manager which allows you to browse the player database, see what players Current Ability and Potential Ability, and see what there attributes will be like in the future.

    It’s not out yet but I will be posting it up when it is 🙂

  • Ell

    I bought Maarten Stekelenberg as my replacement for Almunia and he has been awesome. Also Romelu Lukaku came on loan and cheap fee, now he’s worth 15m and it quality, and also Carlos Vela should be on the list! Scoring nearly every game… and he wouldnt have been picked had bendtner and V.Persie not been injured.

    Just a few of my tips.

    Stephen M’Bia is not bad either