No, seriously. This is too good to wait for a “Friday Diversion” post.
ESPN is reporting today that the new manager of the Azerbaijani Premier League FK Baku’s “A” side is a 21 year old Azerbaijan-born, Sweden-based business student who plays way too much Football Manager.
Vugar Huseynzade completed a Business Management degree from Boston University before being hired by FK Baku this February as an assistant. FK Baku has said Huseynzade was hired, in-part, due to his impressive Football Manager track-record.
Fast forward to today, and Huseynzade the assistant has become Huseynzade the manager over respected personalities like France’s Jean-Pierre Papin.
“I’ve always wanted to work in football and have played Football Manager since 2002,” said Huseynzade, speaking with Scandinavian newspaper Aftonbladet.
Another bizarre twist to the story is that FK Baku has been without a manager for two years, after former manager Kamran Ismayilov resigned from the role.
Good luck to you, Vugar — I have a feeling you’re going to be on the wrong end of a steep learning curve in the months to come.
-With thanks to Global Edmonton’s Kevin Jesus for the tip!
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