Darren Bland (UK) has achieved the Guinness World Records title for the ‘Longest Single Game of Football Manager’. He managed Fiorentina (Italy) for an incredible 154 seasons, winning 151 seasons and securing legendary status. The achievement is recognised, opening the sports chapter in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Gamer’s Edition.
In the ‘Meet the Record Breakers’ video below Darren describes his ‘not obsessed, but highly dedicated’ motivation which led him to be Fiorentina’s Manager for 173 days, 16 hours 51 minutes. When his management ended the in-game year was 2163 and he would have been approximately 190 years old!
An unfortunate accident brought Darren’s career to an abrupt end when he spilt liquid on his laptop but it was not before he saw Pele’s real-life prediction come true in-game when Algeria were crowned champions in the 2034 World Cup.
His tactics as Manager were simple and successful ‘Buy ‘em cheap and sell ‘em high’. With no inflation in Football Manager 2010, the most money that Darren paid for a footballer in his game was £105 million for Luis Tejedor on 1 July 2040.
When Liverpool FC were looking for an manager Darren applied for the job, citing his Football Manager expertise. Sadly they declined his offer.
His epic game began after moving home to care for his mother and Darren used his new free time to pursue Football Manager in earnest. Treating it like a full time job the planning, tactics and pleasure of watching the players kick off the match provided relief during a difficult family time.
The new Guinness World Records 2017 Gamer’s Edition is available in now for £9.99.