• Home
  • /
  • Gaming
  • /
  • Stephen Ireland On His Football Manager Obsession And Making It Into The Game

Stephen Ireland On His Football Manager Obsession And Making It Into The Game

Stephen Ireland On His Football Manager Obsession And Making It Into The Game
Share this article

While most know Stephen Ireland for his controversial behaviour at international level, or his peak footballing days with Man City, one of his favourite hobbies shows a more personal and down to earth side to the former midfielder.

In a recent interview - in association with Ladbrokes - he discussed his love for the ever popular Football Manager computer game series, his go-to signings in the game, and his delight when he was finally included.

"I love Football Manager, it's my favourite game - I'm literally obsessed with it," began Ireland. "I know Miles Jacobsen who makes it, he sends it over to me early; every time I get that email from him I'm like a kid at Christmas, rubbing my hands. It's very detailed these days, but the great manager I am, it's no problem for me!

"If I was always Bruno Fernandes' go-to signing on the game, then mine - in the last few years - would be Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan. We've got a great relationship, me and him. I take him everywhere I go. He's my guy.

I'm a wonderkid kind of guy, though. I won't me Googling who the wonderkids are, I prefer to go out and find them myself. I'm a hidden gem kind of guy; I'll go to Uruguay, find a kid and turn him into something mental.

"It's the greatest game on the planet; my kids won't have it, it's all FIFA this and FIFA that for them. They've got no idea. I love it; it comes out and you start a new career, spend about two hours playing the thing and you've not even got to your first friendly. But I love it."

Stephen Ireland And His Love For Football Manager

24 March 2007; The Republic of Ireland's Stephen Ireland rounds the Welsh goalkeeper Daniel Coyne to score for the first goal. 2008 European Championship Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Wales, Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Sportsfile *** Local Caption ***

READ HERE: Stephen Ireland Says He Couldn't Afford To Travel For Ireland Call-Ups

"It was a great moment when I finally made it onto the game, I'm not going to lie," continued Ireland. "There was a time for the first two or three years where - and I'm not saying I was a wonderkid - I should've been in the game.


"My teammates were but I never was, and I'd just be losing my mind wondering what on earth was going on. I was there or thereabout in our academy as one of the main players, but I never, ever, made the game. It was my dream to be on it, and some of my teammates - who were terrible - were somehow on it ahead of me.

"When I finally made it onto Football Manager, it was class - my mates were all sending me pictures and all of that sort of stuff. I'd never buy myself, though. Miles, the creator, always did me dirty, though.

"He never gave me a good rating. I used to be insulted, to be honest; he'd stick my pace at something like eight out of 20. Even in my best season, he was still putting my pace at eight. Ridiculous."


SEE ALSO: Stephen Ireland Recalls Bizarre Approach Roberto Mancini Had With Players At Man City

Join The Monday Club Have a tip or something brilliant you wanted to share on? We're looking for loyal Balls readers free-to-join members club where top tipsters can win prizes and Balls merchandise

Processing your request...

You are now subscribed!

Share this article
Brought to you by Virgin Media

All gaming content on Balls is brought to you by Virgin Media, our onsite official gaming partners. Break free from boredom and find your play with Virgin Media #ItsPlaytime

Copyright © 2024. All rights reserved. Developed by Square1 and powered by PublisherPlus.com