It was a secret for a long time but now everything is known: the new eFootball.Pro League will kick-off on 2 December at 4pm CET. It includes six European top clubs competing in a CO-OP league over five match days.
In the groundbreaking esports competition Pro Evolution Soccer is played and the Barça star Gerard Piqué is behind the concept. Six teams from all over Europe will participate. FC Barcelona was the first club to join Pique’s initiative to launch this pioneering league.
In a statement the Barça defender said:
“As a player, I’m excited that my club has decided to enter eSports and joins this innovative project that we are preparing together with KONAMI. Barça will be able to contribute their values to the competition and I am sure they will be a great rival for the rest of the teams. For our part, from eFootball.Pro, we join the club in this new adventure in the digital world and we will guide them so that they can make their fans feel as they do with the rest of their sports.”
Famous esports stars have committed
The six teams have managed to gather practically everyone and everything from the European scene, which has both rank and name. The reigning co-world champion Alex Alguacil will play for Barcelona. At Celtic two of his two former team-mates ‘Ettorito’ and Luca Tubelli. ‘Ettorito’ is also reigning world champion in the individual classification.
Schalke shines with the three best German players and Boavista has picked up the French high flyer of the last World Cup, ‘TioMit’. FC Nantes and AS Monaco, who managed to secure the services of ‘Lotfi’, complete the club squads.
Six teams, five games
The six teams play for a total of five match days from December to April. For each encounter, the teams travel to Barcelona and fight for points in the studio of EMR, the organization hosting the eFootball.Pro League. Two matches are always played between the respective opponents. If a team wins both games, or wins once and draws once, it gets three points. If each team takes one victory, they both receive one point. At the end of the season, the three best teams are qualified for the playoffs, and the bottom three play for a last ticket to make the latter stages. All this and the grand final will take place in May.
It is also interesting that the teams always compete in 2v2 format. So far, there are few co-op tournaments in both PES and FIFA. Although Konami’s simulation already played 3v3 last year, a professional team tournament made up of two players representing their respective clubs is brand new and promises variety which will likely provide exciting dynamics.
Kick-off will take place this Sunday (December 2nd) with FC Barcelona facing Boavista. You can follow all of the developments live via all of theofficial eFootball.pro channels, which are Youtube, Twitch, Facebook and Twitter.
Oh…and one last little fun fact, I have the honor and sheer pleasure to be the sideline reporter for the season! So come check us out!