Soccer Coach and Video Games.

Soccer is another sport where video games have come in handy. 

A few years ago, Vugar Huseynzade, a pro soccer coach for FC Baku in the Azerbaijani Premier League  claims that playing a soccer video game helped him land his first coaching job. He admits that this was not the only reason he was hired, but his experience with the console did not hurt. He actually would play as a coach in the game, and that “experience” was all he had. 

“I don’t think anybody would be able to get a job because of ‘Football Manager.’ But, of course, it helped me a lot. My job here is not 100 percent as it is in this game, it is 50 percent. In ‘Football Manager’ you are a coach, but I am not a coach. I am more like a director of football, working above the coach. But I have responsibilities, signing contracts, scouting systems, dealing with fans, the long-term strategy.”

Vugar Huseynzade has been playing  the simulation game since 2002.



2 thoughts on “Soccer Coach and Video Games.”

  1. Trust me, he is either receiving funds from the developers of that game, or he has connections. I googled this guy, and found no notable, nor mediocre articles or comments about him. If not any of the latter, then the team must have really been desperate.
    The team is doing poorly, the players lack skill, and they haven’t accomplished anything significant since the early 2000’s. Heck, if the only real experience one needed was a video game simulation, then we would have a surplus of over qualified candidates in the US. furthermore, in all honesty and reality, coaches do nothing but get paid for nothing. Trust me, I can tell you from experience on the soccer team. We, the players, decide what formation, what play, or whether or not to move. All the coach does is yell, wear a suitt, and sub players.

  2. I think that video games in general present an opportunity for positive experience in puzzle solving and such– and cases like this where a game can actually be much closer to a real life scenario present an even more gratuitous opportunity. I imagine this man wasn’t hired on his gaming skills alone– but additionally whoever hired him is probably somewhat familiar with the game, and viewed it as a fairly credible source of learning the trade of a coach. I don’t think Call of Duty players would necessarily make good soldiers, but somebody who has logged many hours in Rollercoaster Tycoon might have a shot at the real deal. It all depends on how well the developers are able to capture the experience. And sometimes, they actually do a pretty fantastic job. Give it a few years and video games might become a more central method of instruction.

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