One of the significant markers on the road to the FIFA eWorld Cup is its club equivalent, the FIFA eClub World Cup. The competition took place this weekend, hosted by Sky Studios, with Sunday’s final broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Unlike the other tournaments in the EA Sports Global Series, the world’s best players weren’t solely responsible for how far they progress in the competition, with their teammate also having to pull their weight. Knockout matches were played over two legs, one on PlayStation 4 and one on Xbox One, and if there was parity after that, regardless of goal difference, a third two-on-two match would be played.
The best player in the world on PS4, Nicolas ‘KiNG nicolas99fc’ joined up with the best in the world on Xbox, Donovan ‘KiNG Tekkz’ Hunt especially for the competition to pick up some more silverware, and the KiNG eSports duo didn’t shy away from their favourites tag to win the competition.
The pair saw off surprise package Dijon in the final, with nicolas99fc seeing off Aurelien ‘Moolzn’ Cheron 2-0 in the PS4 contest, with Tekkz completing the win by defeating Nathan ‘M Herozia’ Gil 4-2. For their prize, Nicolas and Tekkz spilt $40,000 prize money, but perhaps more importantly claim 1,500 points in the EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series Rankings. This cements their spots as top of their respective consoles, and all but secures their places at the season-ending FIFA eWorld Cup.
Tekkz said: “Winning the FIFA eClub World Cup alongside my teammate is incredible . The competition in eFootball to qualify and compete at these live events is now so intense. To come away with the FIFA eClub World Cup title, as well as the prize money and Global Series Points, is really special.”
KiNG eSports’ victory made them the first esports organisation to claim the prize, and the first team other than two-time champions Brondby to win the competition. Dijon were the surprise finalists against the tournament favourites KiNG eSports, and perhaps the occasion got the better of Moolzn in the PS4 opener.
Nicolas99fc was quick out the traps with a dummy shot opening up for Cristiano Ronaldo to strike, and 20 minutes from time he doubled the advantage through a fierce Neymar effort.
The stage was then set for Tekkz, who has the most Global Series points of any player, to add more to his glittering trophy haul by closing out the win for KiNG. He got the first goal through a ‘CR7’ Cristiano Ronaldo finish on the spin, and he made it 2-0 early in the second half thanks to Kylian Mbappe. M Herozia wasn’t lying down and he got one back through his CR7, but after some technical difficulties, Tekkz increased that gap through Patrick Vieira. The game was sewn up but there was still time for one more goal each, and King Tekkz was
fitting of the name with a glorious move ending up with the ball chipped up to Mbappe to volley in. A consolation for Dijon took nothing away from KiNG eSports’ victory, with Nicolas and Tekkz just emphasising their dominance of the EA Sports Global Series this year.
Futbolist vs KiNG eSports
FIST Isopowerr 4-0 KiNG Nicolas99fc
FIST Sanchez 2-5 KiNG Tekkz
Futbolist 0-2 KiNG eSports (2v2)
After great drama in the quarter-finals, the players had to get themselves going again in the semi-finals, and it looked as if Nicolas had failed to recapture his form. Ismail ‘FIST Isopowerr’ Yerinde got him cold by racing into a 2-0 lead for Futbolist through goals from the two Ronaldos, with Lionrel Messi and Kylian Mbappe making it four late on.
The pressure was all on Tekkz, and the world number one showed what he was all about by taking the lead over Sezer ‘FIST Sanchez’ Sabirev through Kylian Mbappe. The game went back and forth to 2-2, but then King Tekkz turned the screw, with a Cristiano Ronaldo brace and a strike from Neymar meaning he clinched it 5-2 to force it to a two-on-two decider.
Nicolas and Tekkz showed their quality in both ends of the pitch in the 2v2 deciding matchup, with the two world numbers ones taking the lead through Neymar. The advantage was doubled with a penalty and KiNG did the business to hold out for a 2-0 win.
Dijon vs FaZe Clan
Moolzn 2-2 FaZe Lev
M Herozia 1-0 FaZe Tass
The tie between Dijon and FaZe Clan was much closer with every goal being swiftly cancelled out Lev ‘FaZe Lev’ Vinken took the lead through Neymar, but it was a quickfire double from Moolzn’s Neymar and Mbappe to flip the game on its head and lead 2-1. Of course, there was time for an equaliser, with Neymar popping up again meaning it was a 2-2 draw on the PS4.
With all to play for, and with the solid Tassal ‘FaZe Tass’ Rushan playing, the Xbox leg was always going to be a close affair. M Herozia struck early on through Neymar and almost doubled the advantage when he hit both posts, only for Tass to counter-attack and shoot just wide. Herozia kept his defence tight, clinging on the 1-0 victory, meaning no need for the two and two and a place in the Grand Final.
FaZe Clan vs AFC Ajax
FaZe Lev 2-1 Ajax Dani
FaZe Tass 1-2 Ajax Joey
FaZe Clan *1-1 AFC Ajax (2v2)
FaZe Clan win 4-3 on penalties
FaZe Lev met his former club Ajax in the quarter-finals and hegot off o the perfect start with an early goal, but his old teammate Dani ‘Ajax Dani’ Hagebeuk did respond through Ruud Gullit. There was little between the two sides, but Lev stole a winner 20 minutes from time with his own Gullit, with a frustrated Dani striking wide with Cristiano in injury time.
Joseph ‘Ajax Joey’ Calabro had it all to do against the best man in the business at closing a game out in FaZe Tass, but Joey found the early goal. The lead didn’t last lost with Tass’s Neymar tying things up, and it looked as if that was enough to take the win. Cue drama. 30 seconds over the two minutes of injury time, Joey popped up with Cristiano Ronaldo to force things to a deciding 2v2 tie.
The decider was always going to cagey, with neither side chancing their spot in the semi-finals. Kylian Mbappe got what looked to be the golden goal for the Dutch outfit, but it was FaZe’s turn to steal a late goal, with their own Mbappe taking it to extra time. In the added period, a late penalty was missed by Ajax taking it the shootout. Again, Dani and Joey had the chance to win it, but a series of saves meant FaZe’s Lev and Tass sneaked through to the semis.
Manchester City vs Dijon
Shellzz 2-0 Moolzn
Ryan 1-2 M Herozia
Manchester City 1-2 Dijon (2v2)
Manchester City weren’t messing around, with the in-form Shaun ‘MCI Shellzz’ Springette striking inside two minutes with Cristiano Ronaldo to give the Premier League side an early advantage over the French Dijon. The Englishman kept Moolzn at arms’ length, doubling the score line with the Brazilian Ronaldo to put one foot in the semi-finals for Man City.
Dijon’s M Herozia had other ideas however, and he cancelled out that goal with one of his own through the R9 Ronaldo. This advantage was doubled through Ruud Gullit, and despite ‘MCI Ryan’ Pessoa made things nervy with a response through Cristiano Ronaldo, this one went to the 2v2 decider.
Dijon had the advantage of playing together more regularly, and it showed when they took the lead through a goal from Ruud Gullit. Man City equalised through CR7, but Dijon had the last word with the Brazilian sealing their place in the semi-finals.
Futbolist vs Wolves
FIST Isopowerr 0-1 Fifilza7
FIST Sanchez 3-0 Ebinhob
Futbolist 5-2 Wolves AET (2v2)
The PS4 clash between Futbolist and Wolves was a close affair, with the game looking destined for a 0-0 as Isopowerr and Flavio ‘Fifilza7’ de Almeida Brito were just getting a feel for each other. The Brazilian Wolves man didn’t let up however striking with the R9 Ronaldo to pinch a first leg victory for the Premier League outfit.
That 1-0 advantage was soon wiped out by Sanchez for Futbolist, with him striking early against Ebio ‘Ebinhob’ Bernardes through Neymar. One brought two with Ruud Gullit popping up, and a third form the CR7 Ronaldo took it to the decider.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored for both teams as a 2-2 draw took it to extra time, but as soon as Futbolist got ahead through Eusebio, the game opened up. A Brazilian Ronaldo brace ensured a 5-2 win in the third tie with Futbolist the surprise package in London.
KiNG eSports vs Imperial
KiNG Nicolas99fc 2-0 IMP Spiteri
Tekkz 2-5 IMP Lyricz
KiNG eSports 3-1 Imperial (2v2)
Nicolas criticised his own form on Day 1, but he came out firing in the PS4 tie for KiNG eSports against Christian ‘IMP Spiteri’ Spiteri of Imperial. Goals from R9 and Ruud Gullit got the job done in a 2-0 win, handing things over to Tekkz to secure the victory.
Goals from Neymar and R9 gave Tekkz a 2-1 advantage, but Imperial’s Kylem ‘IMP Lyricz’ Edwards kept fighting and turned things on its head with Lionel Messi and a Cristiano Ronaldo free kick giving Imperial a 3-2 lead. With Tekkz now chasing the game, two late Lyricz goals secured the win, moving it on to a surprise decider.
Nicolas and Tekkz got their heads down in the two on two contest and grabbed an early goal with Cristiano Ronaldo. Imperial clawed back into the game through Mbappe, but KiNG were soon back in the lead when CR7 struck again. A rebound from an injury time penalty made sure it was Nicolas and Tekkz going to the last four.
The format on the group stages involved four groups of four, with teams playing each other three times – once on PS4, then on Xbox before a 2v2 battle. That meant that a total of 27 points were available in the round robin.
Manchester City were the dominant force in Group A, with the Premier League side losing just once in their nine matches. Shellz was the star, with the PS4 player conceding just once in his three victories.
Man City were joined in the knockouts by Wolves, with it all going down to the final matchup. Two-time defending champions Brondby failed to get into gear, and despite Wolves losing two out of their three matches to the already eliminated PRIME Ninja, Danish side Brondby could only get the once victory over Man City.
Group B was certainly the closest of all four groups, with all four teams all in with a shout of qualification going into the last 2v2 match. FaZe Clan took top spot with five victories, thie highlight being a clean sweep over the team Tricked Esport.
Imperial just managed to edge out NoFuchsGiven, who were being cheered on by their owner, Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs. A draw between the two sides meant Imperial went through, with even fourth placed Tricked finishing with 11 points.
The most intriguing factor of Group C was that Dijon got the better of fellow French outfit Vitality, with the two Dijon players in fact on loan from the esports organisation. Two wins for Dijon over Vitality certainly threw the cat amongst the pigeons.
Futbolist provided the shock value, and they began their march to the semi-finals by topping Group C. The Turkish side went unbeaten on Day 1, with Isopowerr winning all three of his PS4 contests.
KiNG eSports were of course the favoruties in Group D, and they did take top spot, but both Nicolas and Tekkz were well off top-form in the group stages. Both players lost indivudal matches, before finally settling before picking up all three victories against Ajax with an aggregate score of 11-2.
Ajax’s late wobble opened the door for Al Nassr, but their failure to pick up more than one victory against the already eliminated ECV Esports cost them a place in the knockouts. Ajax’s blushes were saved and had ECV shown more consistency they could’ve gone through also.
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