The Football Manager fan who planned his honeymoon in Bulgaria to visit the team he managed

The Football Manager fan who planned his honeymoon in Bulgaria to visit the team he managed

Football Manager is a series of football management simulation video games based on real-life events. The game is more than addictive, and while some football-based games require non-stop commitment, Football Manager isn’t anything like that. That probably explains why a big part of the community might not touch the game for 10 months straight yet dedicate all of their spare time in hope of realising the potential of the 17-year-old regen who has come from the last year’s youth intake.

The game has been the reason for so many good stories and unexpected situations to happen- who could forget when a father-to-be was desperate to name his child after a regen on the game who goes by the name of Elkan. Andrej Pavlović, who gave a special interview to the website, is also familiar to the Football Manager community as he became a data analyst at a Serbian team thanks to an FM save of his. The narrative which we are going to present to you today is about Tim Pyke and his obsession with a Bulgarian team in the second division: FC Nesebar. The FM addict did everything in his power to visit his beloved club, including sacrificing his honeymoon.

"It was 2007 and my future wife and I had set a date for our wedding – 08.08.2008. A month later, we would go on our honeymoon. She had been looking at holidays in Spain, Greece or Portugal and I was all for it. But then came the fateful day I started beta-testing the Bulgarian league for Football Manager. I picked a random team. That team changed the whole concept of holidaying. That team was Nesebar, in the Bulgarian Second Division West. I grew fond of them and followed their real-life progress. Then I got curious and looked at costs for holidays in Bulgaria. I found out about the holiday resort of Sunny Beach, right next to Nesebar’s football stadium and the prices were excellent. Could I convince the wife-to-be? Yes, I could. Two weeks all-inclusive was cheaper than one-week half-board at any of the other locations, so it was set. September 5 2008, I was flying out to Bulgaria. Now I needed to figure out a way to go and see Nesebar in action. A week into the honeymoon the opportunity arrived. We made some new friends out there and the girls wanted to split off to have some girlie time. I convinced the lads to go see the football. Although the wife knew I went to the football match, to this day she doesn’t know I chose Bulgaria because of the team I saw play out there."

Sadly, there wasn’t any response from the club but better late than never- we hope to see a reply from Nesebar, which could hit the headlines!

Read more: Interview with Andrej Pavlovic who was hired as Data Analyst at a club he managed on Football Manager

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