Skills at computer game Football manager leads to real life job

Updated: November 22, 2012

A Swedish student has become a football manager in Azerbaijan thanks to his expertise at Football Manager.


Vugar Huseynzade was appointed to the role as manager of FC Baku’s A side despite never having managed a real life team before. The 21 year old’s only qualification for the job is his experience playing the computer game for the past 10 years.

The student has a degree in Business Management from Boston University and gained some experience in the sports world interning for an American sports agency.

Huseynzade somehow found himself in Azerbaijan where he was hired by the Premier League club as an assistant earlier this year. The club were so impressed by his prowess at Football Manager that he was promoted to his new position.

According to ESPN he beat candidates with real world experience of football management, including Jean Pierre Papin to the role.

So for all those Football Manager fans who spent hours on their computers dreaming they were managing their team to glory, their dreams may come true. Who knows maybe Roman Abramovich might be taking note as he searches for Chelsea’s next manager!


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    07/27/2013 at 12:10 pm


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