Christian Fuchs knows what victory feels like. The Austrian full-back was part of Leicester City's odds-defying Premier League title win in 2016. He is now looking back to that sacred year to help be victorious yet again, but this time it's all about esports.
There are no British FIFA players in the final day of competition at the FIFA eWorld Cup (today, August 4th). The defending champion, Spencer "Gorilla" Ealing, was halted in the quarter finals by Maltese player Kurt "Kurt0411" Fenech, who said before the tournament that Gorilla wouldn't have been champion last year had he been in the final.
Competitive FIFA has evolved massively in the last six months and is continuing to improve as an esport. From the introduction of a points-based ranking system in the Global Series to partnerships with the biggest football leagues in the world, FIFA has attracted bigger audiences than ever before.
They're the greatest Anglo-Argentine duo since Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez. Donovan "F2Tekkz" Hunt and Nicolas "nicolas99fc" Villalba have lived up to expectations by winning the FIFA eClub World Cup for German side KiNG Esports.
There could be an official esports version of the football Premier League in the works, according to a now-deleted line in an announcement from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves have announced a partnership with Dutch-based esports agency Bundled, who already have some of the top FIFA esports players on their books such as GoalMachine21 and YimmieHD.
The expansion of this season’s FIFA Global Series has seen a massive improvement in how the FIFA esports scene is run. The competitive calendar was relatively sparse in FIFA 18, but for this season they’ve stacked it out with 8 majors, peppered it with smaller Licenced Qualifier Events and eLeagues and then wrap it up with the Playoffs and eWorld Cup Finals at its climax.
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Without question the most talented footballer on this list, Armenian Mkhitaryan came to the Premier League prior to the 2016/17 season after signing for Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund. Despite being a talented attacking midfielder and scoring a memorable scorpion kick against Sunderland in the league, he had an up and down couple of seasons with United and divided opinion.
After seven agonising years of waiting, FIFA gamers are finally being treated to a new street football option from EA Sports. Ditching the 'FIFA Street' name, VOLTA Football is the latest panna-fest that will be released as part of FIFA 20.
Barry Hayles has been on the books of many clubs during his career. 13 to be exact. But the two teams where his career really took off were Bristol Rovers and Fulham, and both appear to hold a special place in his heart.
It's been a memorable month for Bianca Coltellini. The Gloucester-Hartpury flanker and UWE Bristol Performance Sport scholar has been selected to represent Italy at the Women's Six Nations. UWE Sport sat down for a chat with Bianca about life as a sports scholar and how she has the chance to play at one of rugby's biggest tournaments.