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Bafetimbi Gomis used 'Football Manager' to clue up on Swansea

Bafetimbi Gomis didn't know a lot about Swansea City.

Bafetimbi Gomis has admitted that, having moved to Swansea City over the summer after spending the last decade or so in French football, he used one of his favourite computer games to clue himself up on his new employers.

A self-confessed 'Football Manager' addict, Gomis used the game's astonishingly detailed database to research Swansea; reading up on the club's history and manager Garry Monk's track record, as well as the various strengths and weaknesses of his new teammates.

Speaking in an interview with the Swans' official site, Gomis said: "I play a lot of Football Manager. During my time with my previous club (Lyon), we travelled quite a bit for European matches. Therefore, I used my spare time on the plane to play.

"I've been playing the game ever since my development stages, but I have found it very helpful in helping me find out more about Swansea. Before I signed here, I spent a month playing as Swansea to help me get to know my team-mates -- to find out a bit more about them."

The 29-year-old French striker has clearly remembered that by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

"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 team-mates' characteristics -- their age, where they used to play and their attributes," he added.

"I also learned about the history of the club. I believe that, when signing for a club, it's vital that you learn about its history. It was important to know what kind of club Swansea are, their rivalry with Cardiff City, as well as other such things."


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