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The world of football continues to deliver unpublished and curious stories. In Ligue 1 in France, a tournament in which great stars led by Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr.there is a coach who has taken all the flashes for his peculiar way of making a space for himself in the tournament. Will Still is the strategist of Reims, a coach who acquired his knowledge through a video game.
Still is 30 years old and began his career on the bench as second in command to Óscar García, former Reims coach. But after the dismissal of the Spanish, Still took over provisionally, but his performance has led him to stay at the club.
The curious thing about the case is that Reims has to pay more than $25,000 each time Still sits on the bench to direct a first division match and this is because still does not have a UEFA Type “A” License, Well, the young strategist’s knowledge was acquired thanks to the Football Manager video game.
“I had never thought that Football Manager could have influenced my career in real lifeBut now that I think about it, it’s clear that it is. I became obsessed with the game as a child, and it probably ignited the fire in me that I now have as a coach on the touchline (…) My brother and I played tirelessly. They wouldn’t let us have a PlayStation, so we played Football Manager on the family computer.”, Still explained in statements compiled by Soccer Total MX.
Since 1992, Sports Interactive and Sega are in charge of creating and selling the famous simulation video game. The British developer is one of the most important in the sale of this type of game.
“We were dedicated to creating a squad, choosing a team, organizing training, making sure the team was going in the right direction.… All the details. There was nothing better than that, even if it was virtual. And here I was, doing it for real. I remember when I was at Sint-Truiden I was trying to win the league with them also in the game”, he recalled.
Reims marches in tenth position in Ligue 1 in France. The group directed by Will Still accumulates 8 wins, 13 draws and 4 losses. This club could aspire to places in European competitions, as they are 11 points from fifth position that gives a place to the Conference League.
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