They say if something is too boring, it can seem like forever. But if something is really interesting, you might end up committing to it for 416 years. Such was the case for Pawel Sicinski, who now holds the Guinness World Record for the longest Football Manager game – 416 years and 134 days.
According to Guinness World Records, Sicinski began his Football Manager 2018 record on January 4, 2018 and continued until May 18, 2434, while taking only 260 days off. During this period, he watched over 460 seasons, playing 22,300 football matches, scoring 58,900 goals in all competitions which earned him a total of 1,258 trophies.
The previous record holder was Sepp Hedel, who logged 1,940 actual hours and watched over 333 seasons. He also scored 42,672 goals, won 258 league titles, 729 cup competitions and a total of 1,028 awards.
It’s clear from the achievements of Sicinski and Hedel that Football Manager has carved out the perfect little niche for itself and runs no real risk of being dethroned as the go-to football simulator as there simply isn’t significant competition. However, the developers may need to up their game as there is another football management sim on the horizon, and it’s by one of the best players in the world.
In November last year, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski announced that Football Coach: The Game. It is the first game from Lewa’s own RL9sport studio. “I’m part of that generation that spent most of its time outside, playing ball, but also getting into video games,” said the prolific striker at the time. “One day while playing with my friends, I had this idea: what if I make my own game and show what my work looks like from behind the scenes?”
But the title will put a new spin on the football management simulation genre by adding RPG elements to it – apparently Lewandowski’s own idea. The manager would have different classes like Fan Favorite, Football Legend, Analytics Master, etc.
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