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Professional Football Players Go Digital With FIFA Esports

Big names in the professional football scene take over the world of eSports and show immense talents with their very own teams and eSports academies.

As previously eSports and sports betting were expected to have significant increase in viewership in 2020, these predictions came true. Esports became lately essential despite being victimized by Coronavirus ,as many majority of sports and entertainment events got cancelled or postponed. This made sports professionals turn to the virtual side of sports.

The online side of FIFA (FIFA Football video game simulator series) created by Electronic Arts under their EA Sports label, welcomed a vast number of professional football players and support by celebrities in the past years. Here is a list of some of the football stars and their contribution to the world-famous sport simulator.

Christian Fuchs

Since Christian Fuchs’ eSports team “NoFuchsGiven” didn’t qualify for the competition this year, its presence on the eSports scene is quite strong. Its involvement at the tournament in the previous year, with players like the 2016 world champion “MoBacha” and his opponent the same year “Sean Allen”, wasn’t the best since the team got eliminated after receiving 11 points. FIFA professionals who currently have a contract with the former Austria international include Remi Thomas, Lisa Manley and other players.

Gareth Bale

The latest star to become part of eSports is none other than the Real Madrid star Gareth Bale with his team “Ellevens” that has partnership with 38 Entertainment Group. He is expected to gather players in eSports games such as FIFA, Counter-Strike, Rocket League, etc. His connection to the team was revealed just before the FIFA eClub World Cup 2020 and the eSports community was quite shocked by the discovery.  The team is named after Gareth Bale’s shirt number last year. “Ellevens” had a huge success when their players “Ellevens Resende” and “EthxnH” got the second place at the eSports Club World Cup. Right now, they have three FIFA players in the team- Tyler “TyFifa” Phillips, Ethan “EthxnH” Higgins and Pedro “PResnde” Resende.

Bernd Leno

German goalkeeper Bernd Leno has shown mentorship skills in eSports. He is currently mentoring a team of five FIFA eSports players who have been showing off their skills in competitions including the Virtual Bundesliga. One of his players, Jan-Niklas Flock, even qualified for the Virtual Bundesliga Grand Final.

Mesut Özil

Bernd Leno is not the only Arsenal player with an interest in the FIFA eSports scene.

The 2014 world champion Mesut Özil founded his very own eSports team “M10 eSports” that won the World Cup Trophy four years in a row. The team is named after the player’s shirt number.  ”M10” completely took over the FIFA eClub World Cup and this is no surprise since names like Dutchman Levy Frederique and India’s Siddh Chandarana are part of it. The Özil squad has a successful Fortnite team and is proud of its 7 players for the Epic’s record-breaking Battle Royale game.

Ruud Gullit

The former Dutch international Ruud Gullit is a well-known name within the FIFA game series. He showed interest in eSports when he handed the trophy to Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing at the FIWC 2017 Grand Final. This led him to opening up an eSports Academy.

FIFA eSports players like Ollie “Ollelito” Arbin and Brazillian Henrique “Zezinho” Lempke(who made it to the FUT Champions Cup 3 semi-finals) have contracts with Gullit’s eSports Academy.

The ex-Chelsea player’s academy has currently five FIFA 20 players and it is solely focused on providing its attendees with the “best training options […] to enable them to succeed and to develop themselves as players.”

Keep in mind that these are just few of the names that went head first in eSports. The list of footballers has been growing by the day with many successful names joining the eSports arena and exploring this very exciting option, even helping online sportsbooks to attract esports bettors. Even after all these names, events, and happenings throughout eSports, we should probably address a big question:

Is Coronavirus Going to Stop Virtual Football Events?

Leyton Orient’s media manager Luke Lambourne doesn’t think so.

He posted that he is starting an eSports charity FIFA tournament. All profits will go to raise money for the English Football League, the mental health charity MIND and the World Health Organization against coronavirus.

Premium League stars Andros Townsend (for Crystal Palace), Brighton’s Neal Maupay, Manchester City, West Ham, Newcastle United, teams from Australia, Russia, and even the US are attending the charity event.

The first round began on the 20th March at 7pm and the grand finale will be held on the 3rd April at 7pm.

Esports no matter in which sports is always fun to watch, attend, bet, donate for a cause, and generally be part of the expanding community.

But FIFA eSports is not only for sport enthusiasts, players, and fans. Turns out betting fans enjoy eSports just as much as the traditional sports betting. Efootball is extremely important on the eSports betting side and has been following this trend for a long time now. This is why our readers can stake their bets on FIFA eSport events alongside our trusty partners like Playbetr, Cloudbet,, Arcanebet and others. Will sports betting change after post-coronavirus pandemic, though?

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