You probably saw recently at Insomnia 62 they held a fair few tournaments but one of those stood out. Football Manager’s first World Championship. 64 players entered and there could only be one winner. Dan Fry was that man! We catch up with Dan Fry himself and get the low down on what happened, some hints and tips and what is next in line for Dan. Check it out below.
- Firstly, congratulations on your win! The first real ProGamer for Footy Manager. What a win it was. Has the whole tournament winning sunk in yet? How does it feel that you’re a world champion at FM? Not many people could say that!
“Thank you very much. No it has not sunk in yet, I still can’t believe I managed to win, especially against so many talented people who all had very good teams! Being World Champion at something is unbelievable, an amazing achievement, which I never thought I would say about myself, but I am proud to be able to say I am!
- How long have you been playing Football Manager for? Was this something you trained for or was it just the matter of ‘it’s worth a shot’?
“I have been playing since 1995/96 where the game had actual audio commentary by Clyde Tilsley, so I suppose you could say I have been in training since then! However, I never expected that I would be able to compete against others at this and when I saw the opportunity become available through bidstack’s Twitter, I thought ‘why not?’. I simply entered to enjoy the game and meet likeminded people. To get so far in the competition was just a bonus in my eyes, and I never expected to win.”
- What were your thoughts going throughout the tournament until the very end? Were you calm and collected, understanding your tactics and utilizing them, or was there any moment you began to panic? That ending was tense, I’d be panicking!
“To be honest, I was just happy to be there and enjoyed my time immensely. I didn’t really get nervous or frustrated and it probably helped that my team were winning! Even in the final I felt calm and really enjoyed myself – I didn’t even notice the crowd were there after the game started, I was just so involved! The final few moments became nerve racking because Mario did superbly well and was constantly attacking, but a heroic performance from Donnarumma and a solid defensive performance ensured I ended up victorious. However, I felt my tactical switch to ‘Contain’ really helped soak up the pressure and get me over the line.”
- Now that you’re going to manage a real-life team, will you be using the same tactics as you did in game? I mean, you’re going up against Inter here! Do you think the same tactics will work in a real-life match?
“Well I can’t say too much in case they read my answers! However, what I will say is that I will approach the game in the same way, by analysing the Norwich Legends beforehand and working out what their strengths and weaknesses are. I will then build my tactics around this. I will also have the added benefit this time of looking into my opponent’s strengths and weaknesses!”
- Now I’m a Newcastle United fan and I always go for Newcastle in Football Manager but always suck at it, I am no Rafa Benitez! What tips could you give me and others that sometimes struggle in FM?
“It depends on if you are playing the full version or touch. In the full version, you can go more in depth with training sessions and player interaction. I would say player interaction is massive in the full game and you should always look to develop good relationships with your squad and look to increase confidence in the players via team talks or individual interactions.
Happy players will always perform better and go that extra mile for you. After that, and especially in Touch, you need to be well aware of your squad’s strengths and weaknesses and work on a formation/s that work with these strengths and cover your weaknesses. For example, if you have a weak young left back, set his individual tactics to very basic ones and defend so he just focuses on defending. You would ideally want someone in front of him that is not going to bomb forward to often and leave him exposed and potentially a strong experience centre back next to him.”
- What have you got planned next after you have finished the charity match? Will you be up to something new, something different? Or are you going back in, train harder and protect that title of World Champion?
“Well I will definitely be looking to defend my title. I am also currently involved in an online league with the guys from the bidstack FMWEC tournament. In fact, 40 out of the 64 wanted to keep playing, so we have split this into 2 leagues.
One league have kept their squads from FMWEC, but we have allowed transfers between the players. The other league used a fantasy draft with a budget of £400 million. This is extremely competitive and fun. I am also working towards setting up my own Football Manager You Tube/Twitch channels which hopefully will be ready soon. Follow Fryman7 on Twitter, YouTube and Twitch to stay connected.”
Dan Fry took part in the inaugural Football Manager World eSports Championship, hosted by bidstack, the leader in native in-game advertising. Visit www.bidstack.com or follow on Twitter to find out more.
He certainly went all in with this. Very enthusiastic and just wanted to have that little bit of fun. Who could fault him? Playing since 95/96 and turning that hobby it becoming a World Champion, it’s an incredible story for sure. I took quite a bit away from Dan, taken advantage of that weakness and using others to your advantage over said weakness is clever thinking and something I will take away.
Dan will be moving on to manage an actual real-life Norwich City Legends up against Inter Forever. Not many could actually say they managed a club. The match will be played on May 20th at Carrow Road. Standard tickets are priced at £9.93 for adults and £1.93 for U18s.
One thing I will say is, this will show how close to managing a team in FM to in real life. I reckon Dan has what it takes to beat Inter Forever and show how technically minded he is, also showing how close FM is to real life managing. Go give Dan a follow over on his twitter@Fryman7 and follow his journey through World Champion, Managing Norwich City Legends and his new venture onto YouTube and Twitch! All the best Dan with the match, I’ll be rooting for you!
Why not check out a recap of the FM World Championship here? You may even want to see the new insane arena being built in London that’s for eSports (trust me, it is insane), Or even an exclusive comment from the CEO of Bidstack himself, James Draper, right here on the future of in-game advertising.