Remembering The Time When A Groom Played Football Manger On His Wedding Day
A [very] brave groom decided to risk it all by playing Football Manager on his wedding day.
Burak, from Turkey, had always planned to bring a laptop to what many people call "the most important day of your life" but during a slight afternoon delay to proceedings, the lure of FM became too much.
As his newly-wed wife watched on from the sidelines [in her wedding dress], the 28-year-old booted up the popular game to continue his fairytale journey with Trabzonspor; a team he has led to six consecutive Süper Lig titles.
Burak played one cup game and one league game before shutting down the laptop -- a sensible decision, I'm sure you'll agree.
We spoke to the man himself about his Football Manager antics as he relaxed on his honeymoon.
"The photo [above] was not planned," Burak tells SPORTbible. "Basically I brought my computer with me to the wedding as I prepared a special video about the story of our relationship, but the size of the video was huge.
"And because I couldn't decide to how to transfer that clip to our wedding organiser, I thought the best solution was to bring the computer and they would eventually find the best way to transfer it."
Unfortunately for the bride and groom, there were a few technical difficulties on the day so after a good while of waiting around, there was only one reasonable and well-thought-out solution.
"A person from the organization told us "only another 30 minutes!" so after that announcement, I reached out for my laptop and 'jokingly' started up Football Manager.
"I mean, my wife could damage my computer if I wasn't joking around...
"I played one cup game, one league game and then shut down my computer."
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In the picture that soon found its way online, Burak's wife looks far from pleased with her husband's decision to try and build on Trabzonspor's historic run in recent years.
That being said, the brave groom claims she allows him to play Football Manager under one condition.
"It's hard to say whether she likes it [Football Manager] or not. Luckily, I have a wife who allows me to have some hobbies, as long as I can spare enough time for her.
"It would be very difficult otherwise because when I'm in the mood, I'll played 3-4 hours on a week day and 6-7 hours on a weekend."
So how did Burak get into Football Manager in the first place?
"Well, it was a misunderstanding at first. I was a huge fan of football and football video games in general, so when I was 7 years old, my cousin bought me Championship Manager 3 as he thought it was a similar game to FIFA 99.
"But after installing it, I complained about this meaningless game because I didn't know any English and there wasn't any football in the game.
"He apologised and offered me to trade the game, but I refused because it was a gift and changing the gift is a very disrespectful move in our family culture.
"A couple of months later I bought an "English to Turkish dictionary" and the first thing I was looking was the meaning of "continue" -- and here we are!"
Burak says he has "learnt a lot of things" from Football Manager but he has yet to see success in the Champions League with Trabzonspor.
With such incredible dedication on your wedding day, you'll soon be a European champion, I'm sure of it.
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