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Football Manager 2011 free players

Football Manager contains numerous different challenges, and one of those challenges is searching for free players. If your a lower league club on Football Manager 2011 with absolutely no money whatsoever, you will have to resort to spending hours upon hours looking for any decent free player. This may be the difference between finishing in the top half of the table or securing promotion. OK yes, it’s extremely frustrating spending so much time studying so many players wondering how there even classified as footballers. But trust me, it’s exceedingly rewarding at the end of the season knowing next season you’ll be playing with bigger boys. I went through plenty of different emotions with Chelmsford City on Football Manager 2010 when I won 5 consecutive promotions with them. Winning promotion from the Blue Square South to the Premier League in 5 seasons, well there’s no better feeling, and I’m sure Lye and Johnny will agree with me, along with anyone else who has achieved similar success. Even if you manage a cash strapped team in the top flight, you always tend to look for bargain buys, and free players are no exception. In today’s post, I will present you with the best free transfer players on Football Manager 2011.

FM 2011 free players

FM11 free goalkeepers:

  • Alberto Fontana, 43, Italy
  • Sebastián Cejas, 35, Argentina
  • Dida, 36, Brazil
  • Adriano Basso, 35, Brazil
  • Timo Ochs, 28, Germany
  • Tony Warner, 36, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Fabián Carini, 30, Uruguay
  • Nicolas Bonis, 28, France
  • Sergio Sanchez, 33, Spain
  • Antonio Notario, 37, Spain
  • Stéphane Porato, 36, France
  • Carlos Sanchez, 32, Spain
  • Michael Rensing, 26, Germany
  • Markus Proll, 30, Germany
  • Tony Silva, 35, Senegal

FM11 free defenders:

  • Danny Shittu, 29, Nigeria
  • Andy Butler, 26, England
  • Sam Sodje, 31, Nigeria
  • Jay DeMerit, 30, U.S.A
  • Pelé, 32, Cape Verde
  • Ben Thatcher, 34, Wales
  • Michael Ball, 30, England
  • Izzy Iriekpen, 28, England
  • Stephen Wright, 30, Liverpool
  • Bernard Mendy, 28, France
  • Derek Grey, 30, Ireland
  • Steve Finnan, 34, Ireland
  • Liam Rosenior, 25, England
  • Quinton Fortune, 33, South Africa
  • Radhanfah Abu Bakr, 23, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Sylvinho, 36, Brazil
  • Ben Hoskin, 19, England
  • Juanma Delgado, 33,  Spain
  • Manual Tena, 33, Spain
  • Guillaume Dumast, 25, France
  • Espín, 31, Spain
  • Carlos Perez, 30, Spain
  • Rubio, 34, Spain
  • Iván Campo, 36, Spain
  • Albert-Michael Yobo, 31, Nigeria
  • Dardo Caballero, 29, Uruguay
  • Emilo José Ibánez, 35, Spain
  • Luca Fusco, 32, Italy
  • Duccio Innocenti, 34, Italy
  • Marco Pecorari, 32, Italy
  • Hugo Ibarra, 36, Argentina
  • Max Tonetto, 35, Italy
  • Perrie Womé, 31, Cameroon
  • Anderson, 30, Brazil
  • José Goncalves, 24, Portugal
  • Rigobert Song, 34, Cameroon

FM11 free midfielders:

  • Dave van den Bergh, 34, Holland
  • Robert Pirés, 36, France
  • Gavin McCann, 32, England
  • Anderson Silva, 27, Brazil
  • Yildiray Basturk, 31, Turkey
  • Chris James, 23, New Zealand
  • Olivier Kapo, 29, France
  • Andy van der Merde, 30, Holland
  • Bryan Hughes, 34, England
  • Fabrice Pancrate, 30, France
  • Sean Thornton, 27, Ireland
  • Gareth Williams, 28, Scotland
  • Gauthier Mahoto, 18, France
  • Eugen Bopp, 25, Germany
  • Nathan Porritt, 20, England
  • Sergio, 35, Spain
  • Laraudo, 35, Spain
  • Diego Camacho, 33, Spain
  • Juan José Bezares, 29, Spain
  • Peter Luccin, 31, France
  • Leonardo Borzani, 28, Argentina
  • Álvaro Novo, 32, Spain
  • Federico Magallanes, 33, Uruguay
  • Carlos Marino, 30, Spain
  • Selim Benachour, 28, Tunisia
  • Dani Borreguero, 34, Spain
  • Iván Ania, 32, Spain
  • Marko Babic, 29, Croatia
  • Álex Pérez, 25, Spain
  • José Juan Luque, 32, Spain
  • Damiano Zenoni, 33, Italy
  • Andrea Parola, 31, Italy
  • Ousmane Dabo, 33, France
  • Domenico Morfeo, 34, Italy
  • Enzo Maresca, 30, Italy
  • Roberto Baronio, 32, Italy
  • Ighli Vannucchi, 32, Italy
  • Nashat Akram, 25, Iraq
  • Mathieu Berson, 30, France
  • Denílson, 32, Brazil
  • Gai Assulin, 19, Israel

FM11 free strikers:

  • Guillermo Franco, 33, Mexico
  • Peter Styvar, 29, Slovakia
  • Jérémie Aliadiére, 27, France
  • Julio Cruz, 35, Argentina
  • Miguel Angel Basualdo, 31, Argentina
  • Benedict Akwuegbu, 35, Nigeria
  • Patrick Suffo, 32, Cameroon
  • Francis Jeffers, 29, England
  • Omar Koroma, 20, Gambia
  • Stern John, 33, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Michael Ricketts, 31, England
  • Yordi, 35, Spain
  • Diego Tristán, 34, Spain
  • Salva, 35, Spain
  • Marko Livaja, 16, Croatia
  • Rivaldo, 38, Brazil
  • Wason Renteriá, 25, Colombia
  • Ahmed Soukouna, 20, Mali-France
  • Razak Omotoyosssi, 21, Benin
  • Febian Brandy, 21, England

There you go folks, there’s the best free players on Football Manager 2011 that I located. I used 3 quickstarts of the FM11 demo, England, Spain and Italy. Similar to my previous Football Manager 2011 wonderkid’s list, this FM 2011 free players list will be added to continuously. If you think any more players should be added to this FM11 free players list, feel free to comment below. Your suggestions are always appreciated.



  1. FM2010Stories

    November 1, 2010 at 20:57

    Hi Sears,
    great list. It should be very useful when the full version is released.
    You can add Michael Rensing if you like too. He is decent.

    • Sears

      November 1, 2010 at 22:49

      Thanks FM2010Stories. Yeah I saw on the Sky Sports News website today that Rensing was a free agent (supposedly Leicester City want to take him on trial for a few days), though he didn’t turn up on my FM11 demo. I’m not sure what age he is, do you know? I’ll add him to the list now. Thanks for the recommendation. If you have any more players to mention, don’t hesitate, I’m only a comment away :-)

  2. Darren Smith

    November 1, 2010 at 21:07

    Hey Sears, thanks for the great post. Any lower league managers will see this as a must have list. I will be using it as a reference. Great post mate.

    • Sears

      November 1, 2010 at 22:55

      Thanks mate. There’s some good players on the list so it will be a huge benefit to those who manage a club with a low transfer budget.

  3. Birdy

    November 1, 2010 at 22:58

    Thanks Sears
    A great reference if i Manage a lower league club

    • Sears

      November 1, 2010 at 23:04

      Thanks Birdy. Comments like this make the work even more worthwhile. Although the majority of these players are lower league standerd, there’s a few players on the list that wouldn’t look out of place in the Premier League. Particularly with a team expected to avoid the drop or finish mid table.

  4. Kevin

    November 1, 2010 at 23:21

    Hi Darren
    This is VERY useful especially those starting in the Lower Leagues. Thanks for putting this together for everyone.

    • Sears

      November 2, 2010 at 18:01

      Hey Kevin,
      I (sears) wrote this list, not Darren :-D Thanks for your kind words though.

  5. Sam

    November 2, 2010 at 03:35

    Hey Sears!
    Another great list. You’re really great finding players both wonderkids and free players. Keep up the good work!

    • Sears

      November 2, 2010 at 18:03

      Thanks Sam! Hopefully these tips will make it easier for people to find the best cheap players on FM11. It’s always a bonus if you have some cash saved up.

  6. Kevin

    November 3, 2010 at 09:02

    Hi Sears
    Whoops, sorry mate. Thanks for doing the list :) I guess i wasn’t too awake at 5.00am in the morning!

    • Sears

      November 5, 2010 at 16:45

      It’s OK Kevin.

  7. Calin

    November 3, 2010 at 09:24

    A really nice list, I’m sure I’ll find some really useful players here for my Universitatea Craiova challenge.

    • Sears

      November 5, 2010 at 16:46

      Thanks Calin. Looking forward to seeing your Universitatea Craiova challenge.

  8. Birdy

    November 3, 2010 at 10:14

    Hey Sears

    I was thinking with the New FM coming out that it would be hard to find all the great young players
    or free with some quality players would be really difficult but this really will make playing Fm 11 a lot easier. All at the expense of your hard work

    • Sears

      November 5, 2010 at 16:48

      Thanks Birdy for your kind words. I’m glad that my lists will make it easier for you to locate good players. Thanks mate.

  9. Laxeyman

    November 3, 2010 at 20:57

    Hi Sears,
    Good list, should be really useful when I start the full game. Thanks :)

    • Sears

      November 5, 2010 at 16:48

      Thanks Laxeyman.

  10. Duncan

    November 10, 2010 at 13:24

    Thanks for list Sears.I used some of the players from your list such as Bernard Mendy, Jay Demerit, Danny Shittu & Tony Sylva for my Barnsley team. Just finished my first season and managed to finish top (87 points). Very very pleased as media prediction was 21st. Without these players promotion was just a dream. Demerit got 13 goals for me which for a CB isnt bad at all. Set him to challenge the keeper on every corner with Danny Shittu staying back. Bernard Mendy is fantastic on in RM! Thanks Again. Duncan.

    • Sears

      November 10, 2010 at 16:35

      Well done Duncan, that’s a fantastic achievement mate. You seem to have a successful corner strategy too. Let me know how you get on in the Premier League.

  11. Daniel

    November 10, 2010 at 14:45

    Just like to add that on the patched game, Vassell is at Leicester City, as he is in real life :D

    • Sears

      November 10, 2010 at 16:35

      Thanks Daniel, I’ll remove him from the list now.

  12. Frank

    November 10, 2010 at 22:25

    Hey Sears,

    It looks like im going to be managing Bournemouth who have the most votes so this list will be very usefull as Bournemouth dont have that much money so i will be relying on free transfers. Good Luck With Bilbao :)

  13. Sears

    November 10, 2010 at 22:48

    Thanks Frank. Good to hear your taking charge of Bournemouth, I voted for them. There’s some good players on the list, so it should be helpful. Thanks for the good luck wish, I’ll defiantly be keeping tabs with your story so good luck with that!

  14. daus

    November 11, 2010 at 20:39

    how about this player febian brandy…he got good speed..and was released by man u…

    • Sears

      November 25, 2010 at 20:21

      Thanks Daus. I’ll add him to the list soon.

  15. Hawks !

    November 19, 2010 at 09:03

    Goood list but im alfreton and cant attract many players on your list ! is there any that half decent and will be interested in a lower club? Thanks in advance !

    • Sears

      November 25, 2010 at 20:19

      Not sure mate, I havn’t managed a lower league team yet.

  16. Scott

    November 19, 2010 at 12:39

    Hey great list will make my life at Sheffield Wednesday alot easier …hmmm might have to do a story on that :)

    • Sears

      November 25, 2010 at 20:20

      Thanks Scott. If you want to you could write about your story in our new forum, or even try our new manager rankings.

  17. Jake

    December 4, 2010 at 14:18

    sears mate ,

    this list was quality for my leeds side. Aliadiere has been a gem with becchio whilst ive signed demerit , basso , finnan and van der bergh , cheers and is there a chance of a list for even lower league sides ?

    • Sears

      December 4, 2010 at 21:37

      Hey Jake,
      glad to hear that this list helped you. That’s why I wrote it. I havn’t been a lower league side yet but I’m sure if you read other peoples stories on different websites you might find some good players. There might be something in the forums too, but I may write a lower league free player list in the future. Thanks Jake.

  18. Sears

    December 4, 2010 at 21:42

    Febian Brandy has been added to the list.

  19. Stojke

    December 28, 2010 at 13:44

    You can also add Mateja Kezman, striker

  20. Jamie

    December 29, 2010 at 23:31

    Danny Shittu is at Millwall

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  22. Lukoz

    February 24, 2011 at 16:39

    Hey Sears, great list mate, unfortunatly i couldnt use any of the players from it as i was playing in the blue square premier as Eastbourne borough, im in season now of 2021 in the premiership, funny thing as arsenal and aston villa are relegated i stole jack wilshere who is now 29 and scored 29 times as an inside forward out on the left!! Just congratulating you on your hard efforts of finding these good players mate :)
    If i find any free transfers unmentioned on my new save, i’ll be sure to post them up ;)

    • Sears

      February 24, 2011 at 20:21

      Arsenal relegated?!?! That’s shocking… Who’s their manager? You’ve seemed to have worked wonders with Eastbourne Borough. Jack Wilshere is immense, and that’s some goal record he has for you. Thanks for the kind words, always happy to help :-)

  23. Tom

    May 5, 2011 at 14:17

    Ahmed Souhkano and Wason Renteria are very good. I tried them with my cardiff team and theve both scored like 20 goals in only half a season. Liverpool want mendy for like 5m :P
    These are more for championship level clubs any for worse teams?

  24. james

    June 28, 2011 at 01:19

    Mark Farren is good. He’s at derry city but you can approach him and he comes in december. He’s 28 and a striker with 16 finishing. Scored 18 league goals for me in a low league scottish team.

    • Johnny Karp

      June 28, 2011 at 11:31

      Thanks for the info.

    • Sears

      June 28, 2011 at 13:11

      Hahah, his niece is my ex-girlfriend ;-) ;-P

  25. Steve Mashford

    July 26, 2011 at 16:13

    The list is great, I started a season with Glasgow Rangers and the list helped me win the treble in my first and second season! Thanks.

  26. Mido

    August 22, 2011 at 17:36

    You should add Abubakari Yakubu from Ghana. Used to play in Holland for Vitesse and was trained by Ajax. He’s a free player and a pretty decent one for lower leaugue teams. Best at right back and decent as a central defender of midfielder. Great List!

    • Darren Smith

      August 22, 2011 at 18:15

      This list is now closed mate, but that is a really good recommendation as I always search for him first while in lower leagues.

      • Mido

        August 23, 2011 at 02:08

        Too bad, I did find some of the players before I knew this list. Just finished second in the premier league, reached the semi-final of the Champions League and won the FA cup in the 2016/2017 season with Bradford City :-).

  27. soji kuti

    August 26, 2011 at 20:57

    i am searching for good manager, to manage me to a club in eroupe,pls anyone that have interested should send to my mail.

    • Mido

      August 28, 2011 at 00:25

      Dude, Wtf?

  28. Shaun Kobrak

    August 28, 2011 at 19:56

    Sears-A crucial player i found was Mauro Milano! absolutely stunning stats for free

  29. Big Mo

    August 30, 2011 at 10:22

    Great player on free is Joris Di Gregorio, a French player based in Luxemburg scores 30+ goals and will join for low wage was part of a successful AFC Wimbledon team that i took from conference to premiership.

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