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27 Things That Happen When You're Addicted To "Football Manager"

Just. One. More. Game.

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Football Manager, previously known as Championship Manager, or just Champo, is a computer game in which you manage a football club.

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It is basically a big spreadsheet with a bit of animation when there's a match.

1. This is your reaction when someone says "it's just a game".

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2. You consider your 18 league titles a HUGE personal achievement.

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3. You cheered this bit in The Inbetweeners.

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4. You don't care when people point out (correctly) that you are essentially spending days and days just doing football admin.

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Watch a longer clip of Tom Jamison's "Football Manager Ruined my Life" set here.

6. You know you have a problem when the in-game calendar says the year is 2032, as one writer confessed in The Guardian:

But my playing got progressively more regular. I was going out less and less. I started putting on my pyjamas as soon as I got home from work. I dreamt about it. My flatmate told me that I had to sort it out. I knew what I had to sort out, I had a very tricky League Cup tie against Ipswich coming up and didn't have time to chat.

It dawned on me that I had been playing too long when I found myself in the first game of the 2032 season facing up to a team containing Michael Owen's son. There is an in-game function that cruelly tells you how long you have been playing. I tentatively opened it up: 127 hours. I knew I had to stop.

7. Like Robbie Williams, you have considered snapping your Football Manager CD in half so you can't play it any more.

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He wrote in a blog post at the time: "Been on it day and night and the other day i decided to snap the disc because it all got too much.....How ever (2 days later) I re-ordered it on Amazon... It should come in the post tomorrow morning...Ayda will be thrilled ; )"

(Although you can download it on Steam now and you don't even need a CD).

8. You've even played FM during traffic jams.

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10. You remember when the game was called Championship Manager and it looked like this.

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14. You don't mock people who want to make Aberystwyth from the Welsh Premier League the biggest team in the world. You salute them.

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17. You SAY you're not going to revert to an older saved game when you lose a big game... but you always do.

RT this if you've ever saved your session before an important game on Football Manager & replayed it till you win.

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RT this if you've ever saved your session before an important game on Football Manager & replayed it till you win.

9:50 PM - 17 Jan 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

Moyes turns off Football Manager. Reloads saved game. Starts match again. Realises it's not real. Concedes early again. Cries.

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Moyes turns off Football Manager. Reloads saved game. Starts match again. Realises it's not real. Concedes early again. Cries.

7:54 PM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

18. Like Plan B, you fake illnesses in order to keep on playing.

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He once said: "I didn’t come out of my house. My friends would ring up and I’d ignore their calls. They’d knock at my door and I’d say I was really ill just so I could play my game and have no interruptions."

Although in fairness, he did take Rushden and Diamonds from the Conference to the Champions League, which is an incredible achivement.

19. You shout at the screen when your players are embarrassing you and the club.

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Even though there is now an in-game feature to shout at the players from your imaginary touchline, you know it's not the same.

20. You know all about Cherno Samba, Tonton Zola Moukoko and Tó Madeira, superstars of past FM instalments who didn't achieve much in real life (in Tó Madeira's case because he's not a real player).

Yes, that is Tonton Zola Moukoko, the best player in the world... http://t.co/dNwjcE3H6g

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Yes, that is Tonton Zola Moukoko, the best player in the world... http://t.co/dNwjcE3H6g

11:43 AM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

21. You begin to think of regens – the weird computer-generated youngsters the game creates over time– as your own children.

this guy 😂 love a football manager regen!

22. You spend more time thinking about imaginary job interviews on FM than ones in real life.

Newcastle job interview on #FM15 after Pardew sacking - couldn't be more accurate...

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Newcastle job interview on #FM15 after Pardew sacking - couldn't be more accurate...

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23. When you see a manager (in real life) complimenting or slating a forthcoming team you think "ah, great mind games there".

24. When Manchester United signed Robin van Persie, you said: "I had him at Stoke. Great professional. Excellent finisher but struggles with natural fitness."

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Which is met with blank stares.

25. As Jason Manford points out, it is entirely normal to hold grudges against players in real life for in-game misdemeanors.

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