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Football Scout Reveals Unusual Way He Discovered Roberto Firmino

This is pretty strange.

Football Scout Reveals Unusual Way He Discovered Roberto Firmino
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Let's talk about Liverpool player Roberto Firmino. Is he an amazing football athlete? Definitely. He wouldn't be part of Liverpool and he wouldn't be noted as the Bundesliga Breakthrough Player during the 2013-2014 season if he wasn't capable of becoming a formidable player.

But even with his skills, he wasn't actually directly discovered. In fact, Liverpool had to rely on a game to get to know him better. 

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Lutz Pfannenstiel revealed that Roberto Firmino was discovered through Football Manager.

Lutz Pfannenstiel revealed that Roberto Firmino was discovered through Football Manager.

Lutz Pfannenstiel is the scouting director of Hoffenheim.

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Football Manager is a football management simulation video game.

Football Manager is a football management simulation video game.
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It's a relatively popular game among avid football fans.

Pfannenstiel noticed him in that video game and immediately got him to sign a contract.

Pfannenstiel noticed him in that video game and immediately got him to sign a contract.
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This was way back when Roberto Firmino was still a teenager.

As soon as Firmino showed great football skills, Pfannenstiel was able to sell Firmino.

As soon as Firmino showed great football skills, Pfannenstiel was able to sell Firmino.
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Apparently, the Hoffenheim scouting director got a big profit out of selling him.

Upon being sold, Firmino entered the Premier League.

Upon being sold, Firmino entered the Premier League.
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I think, Roberto Firmino knew that he was meant to play bigger and better games.

Football Manager's Miles Jacobson brought up the topic with Pfannenstiel.

Football Manager's Miles Jacobson brought up the topic with Pfannenstiel.
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Jacobson is the studio director for the 17th version of Football Manager.

Likewise, Andy Jacobs admitted that Pfannenstiel seriously uses the video game to scout players.

Likewise, Andy Jacobs admitted that Pfannenstiel seriously uses the video game to scout players.
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There's nothing wrong with such a unique way of discovering great football players.

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Paul Hawksbee from the talkSPORT show was amazed at Pfannenstiel's strategy.

Paul Hawksbee from the talkSPORT show was amazed at Pfannenstiel's strategy.
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Basically, the scouting director got Firmino through Football Manager and prepared him for the big leagues.

Roberto Firmino was sent to Hoffenheim for a staggering £3.5 million.

Roberto Firmino was sent to Hoffenheim for a staggering £3.5 million.
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It's safe to say that Pfannenstiel is a clever guy.

Initially, the scouting director was told that he paid too much for Firmino.

Initially, the scouting director was told that he paid too much for Firmino.
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Now, it's obvious that his detractors were wrong all along.

Roberto Firmino was eventually bought for about €42 million.

Roberto Firmino was eventually bought for about €42 million.
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Now that's how you scout properly and rake in profits.

In the end, this does not mean that every young player will exceed expectations in the long run.

In the end, this does not mean that every young player will exceed expectations in the long run.
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Still, a lot of people believe that Roberto Firmino will continue to be a valuable player in the years to come.

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Do you think new methods of finding players is good?