It’s not just FIFA 19, PES 2019 or shooting games like Counter-Strike that are popular among professional football players. There are those who like the strategy and planning of Football Manager, a game that allows us to manage a football club in various areas such as finance, squad building, problem management and other tasks.
Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, who enjoys Fortnite to the point of celebrating a goal with dances seen in the game, also ventures into Football Manager 2019. In fact, the player is an enthusiast of the game and used his Twitter account to show his love for the game.
In the tweet of the Atlético de Madrid player, who runs Arsenal, he showed his team with several promises of world football in a “4-2-3-1” formation.
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) April 15, 2019
Two of Griezmann’s countrymen also enjoy the game. In 2014, during the World Cup, Paul Pogba was caught by the French Football Federation playing Football Manager on a flight after winning over Switzerland. In addition to Pogba, the also French Yohan Cabaye, currently without a club, is also a Football Manager player.
GETTING TO KNOW THE NEW HOME
In 2014, when transferring to the Swansea City team, French striker Bafetimbi Gomis said he used Football Manager to get to know his new team. Leaving Lyon for the Wales team at the opportunity, Gomis said that “I’ve always played a lot of FM, and that helped me a lot to know more about Swansea. Before I signed with the club, I spent a month playing with my new team.” Today, Gomis plays for Al-Hilal.
TERRIBLE AT CONTRACTS
Cesar Azpilicueta, a Spanish player, is one of the game’s biggest fans. The Chelsea winger, in an interview in 2016, when he managed the Osasuna club, said he met the game with a teammate on a bus trip – and the first thing he did was check his attributes on FM. Azpilicueta never stopped playing, whether in hotels, flights or at home to pass the time.
The winger revealed that he played FM with striker Fernando Torres, a Spanish striker who defended Chelsea at the time (today he plays for Japanese club Sagan Tosu). Azpilicueta revealed that he had problems bringing in players from the English club’s squad at the time: “they always rule out joining my team”.
Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, current Manchester United manager, said in interviews that he played Football Manager as manager of the English team. A fan of the game, Solskjaer said that “I used to play with United and Everton, always in the English league” and “I was fired several times as a manager in the game”.