A 21-year-old Swedish-based student has taken over the reins at Azerbaijani Premier League club FK Baku based on his success in Football Manager.
Vugar Huseynzade was employed by the club as an assistant after impressing officials with knowledge gleaned from the management sim.
He was promoted to first-team coaching duties after FK Baku's two-year spell without a manager, reports ESPN.
It has even been suggested that the student was offered the job ahead of former French footballer Jean-Pierre Papin.
The latest Football Manager includes more than 900 new or improved features across multiple game modes.
Enhancements include an improved 3D match engine, deeper media interactions, the addition of directors of football and a revamped loan system.
It also features the brand new 'Football Manager Classic' and 'Challenge' mode, the former of which removes various advanced features and speeds up matches. It allows players to complete a season in less than ten hours.
'Challenge' mode, on the other hand, gives the player a short-term objective - for example, to avoid relegation with a team severely hampered by injuries or to maintain a side's unbeaten run until the end of the season.
Football Manager 2013 is available now for PC and Mac.
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Watch a video detailing Football Manager 2013's 'Classic Mode' below: