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.