Champions League fantasy football, or soccer for those in the U.S., is an online game accessible to anyone who enjoys the great game. It works in the same way as fantasy versions of other sports; you select your 11 players (and often substitutes, too), and they score points for your team in various ways. You are allocated a transfer budget that you cannot exceed, but you can carry out a limited number of transfers during the competition if players pick up an injury or are not performing.
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Most Champions League fantasy football sites have guides showing the points scored by a player in last year's competition. Often this is a good barometer for how particular players will register points in the upcoming competition, but consider that their point-scoring potential may have previously been aided by influential teammates who have transferred to other clubs.
For example, a striker's point scoring may have been higher because a team had a particularly dangerous winger supplying a lot of ammunition, so he scored more goals, hence more points. Without the winger in his side, he will likely receive fewer opportunities and thus score fewer goals.
Consider new transfers introduced to Champions League clubs. Unless the players they have brought in have an obvious track record, they may be available for cheaper than already established Champions League players.
For example, new arrivals from other continents that have never played European football may not be followed by so closely by their track record; goals in the Copa Libertadores (South American Champions League) are not as highly regarded as Champions League goals. These players may be little known, but if you have a good eye you can pick out these transfers and save your budget for other players.
As in Champions League football, your choice of captain plays an important role in your fantasy Champions League side. All points scored by your captain are doubled (as well as points he concedes.)
Give a lot of consideration to choosing a captain as it can be the difference between decent and heavy point scoring. Choose a player who plays in an influential position or is likely to have a big impact in the Champions League. For example, over previous seasons Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has used players such as Darren Fletcher and Ji-Sung Park sparingly in the domestic league, saving them for Champions League duty. It is also worthwhile to choose a prolific striker as your captain, as every goal he scores will be doubled.
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