Football Manager is a game that can consume your life with endless hours spent organising training schedules, scouting transfer targets, holding press conferences and completing match day preparations.
But anyone thinking they may be spending a little bit too much time on the Sports Interactive favourite have obviously never met Darren Bland – the world’s most dedicated Football Manager fan.
In fact, his love of the game, specifically the 2010 edition, has seen him earn a place in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition.
It comes after Brand set a world record for the longest-ever single game of the soccer simulator.
Incredibly, Bland completed 154 seasons on the game as Fiorentina.
In that time, he took home the Serie A title a whopping 151 times, with a league title success rate of just over 98 per cent.
So either he’s absolutely incredible at Football Manager or one of those guys that just restarted and replayed games every time they lost (you know who you are).
Either way, he took his team all the way up to the year 2163, before an accidentally spillage fried his laptop and Football Manager game with it.
Speaking to Guinness World Records, Bland explained his choice of team and the reasons behind his epically long game:
“Variety is the spice and all that so, on this occasion, I plumped for Fiorentina. When I start a game with a club, I finish it with said club. Why abandon all the hard work just for some computer algorithm to muck it all up while I have to start the process all over?
“I chose Fiorentina because a) My all time favourite player had a mediocre season with them – the genius, the doctor, the bearded lord of the nonchalant style, Socrates from the wonderful 1982 Brazil team. And b) They play in purple … Not a bad colour to look at for 154 years. If it’s good enough for Prince…”
In that time, his biggest signed was Luis Tejedor who arrived in 2040 for £105 million.
All told, Bland played the game for a total of 173 days, 16 hours and 51 minutes over the course of a two-year period, under the rather interesting name “Wulfhammer,” which amounts to some 4,150 hours of gaming.
Now that is some Football Manager dedication – watch out Jose, Daniel is coming for you!
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.