Football Funnies: Computer gaming's Football Manager helps Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis get familiar with his new team

Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis (right) challenges Burnley's Michael Duff during their English Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Aug 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis (right) challenges Burnley's Michael Duff during their English Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Aug 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Swansea City's new striker Bafetimbi Gomis will already know his teammates inside out - he's been their 'manager' in the gaming world for a season, after all.

Gomis, like almost every guy with a working computer and an interest in football, is a Football Manager addict, and spent his free time last season while travelling with his old club - France's Lyon - hooked on the game.

This included a month as manager of Swansea, in an effort to get to know the team better. He told Swansea's official website: "Before I signed here, I spent a month playing 'as Swansea' to help me get to know my teammates - to find out a bit more about them.

"Of course, I also watched video footage to see how the team played, but it is true that the game helped me learn a lot about each of my teammates’ characteristics - their age, where they used to play and their attributes."

Gomis didn't reveal if he signed himself immediately, paid himself extravagant wages, made himself captain and started himself in every game (I certainly would).

Football Manager is famous for stories of unlikely triumph, of players taking unfancied sides to the pinnacle of European football. Surely Gomis won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League without breaking into sweat?

"I didn’t win many trophies, but I worried many top teams in the league and finished the season in eighth position."

Oh. Here's a tip for sure success: Reload your saved game every time you lose. It's a sure win!