FIFA 20 Ultimate QuaranTeam: All you need to know
With the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and the lack of live football taking place, clubs on social media are having to become a little more creative when it comes to pushing out content to their legions of followers.
Step forward, League Two club Leyton Orient, who have only gone and organised a mega FIFA 20 tournament with some of Europe’s top teams, with the rather relevant name given the circumstances of ‘Ultimate QuaranTeam’.
What is Ultimate QuaranTeam?
As mentioned, it’s the brainchild of Leyton Orient, who, after initially attempting to invite 64 clubs to join their FIFA 20 tournament, have had to expand it to a whopping 128-club competition following the mammoth response their call-out received on Twitter.
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) March 17, 2020
The draw was made on Tuesday night, with 64 ties set to take place across the coming days, and while it is unclear at this stage how long the tournament will go on for, we should be in store for five rounds before we reach the final.
Orient are still yet to disclose the full details of how it will all work but clubs will be encouraged to stream their games on Twitch, they will play on PS4 and there will be one knockout game per round.
Orient has also announced that it is for charitable causes – they will be raising money for Mind and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fundraiser by WHO, while funds will also go towards supporting EFL clubs suffering during the ongoing period without any matches.
Who’s playing and who are the favourites?
A full list of participating teams can be found below, which features a host of Premier League sides including the likes of Manchester City, West Ham and Aston Villa, as well a string of sides from around the globe such as Marseille, Ajax and Benfica.
As for who’s representing them, that is up to the individual club and ranges from players, such as Andros Townsend, Neal Maupay and Todd Cantwell playing for Crystal Palace, Brighton and Norwich respectively, to Manchester City’s esports team representing Pep Guardiola’s side.
— Man City Esports (@mancityesports) March 16, 2020
English Premier League: Aston Villa, Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, Manchester City, Newcastle, Norwich, Sheffield United, Watford, West Ham, Wolves.
English Championship: Barnsley, Blackburn, Brentford, Birmingham, Bristol City, Derby, Leeds, Luton Town, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Nottingham Forest, Preston North End, QPR, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke, West Brom, Wigan.
English League One: AFC Wimbledon, Accrington Stanley, Blackpool, Bolton, Bristol Rovers, Burton Albion, Coventry, Doncaster, Fleetwood, Gillingham, Ipswich, Lincoln City, MK Dons, Oxford United, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Rotherham, Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Sunderland, Wycombe Wanderers.
English League Two: Cambridge United, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Colchester, Crawley, Exeter, Forest Green Rovers, Grimsby, Leyton Orient, Macclesfield, Mansfield Town, Morecambe, Newport County, Northampton, Oldham Athletic, Plymouth Argyle, Port Vale, Salford City, Scunthorpe, Stevenage, Swindon, Walsall.
Scottish Premiership: Hamilton Accies, Hibernian, Motherwell, Ross County, St. Mirren.
Australian A-League: Adelaide, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC.
Dutch Eredivisie: ADO Den Haag, AZ Alkmaar, Ajax, Emmen, Feyenoord, Fortuna Sittard, Groningen, Heracles, PEC Zwolle, PSV, Sparta Rotterdam, Utrecht, Vitesse, VVV-Venlo, RKC Waalwijk, Willem II.
Belgium Pro League: Genk, Gent, Kortrijk, KV Mechelen, Standard Liege.
French Ligue 1: Amiens SC, Angers SCO, Marseille.
French Ligue 2: Lorient, Troyes.
Italian Serie A: Fiorentina, Roma.
League of Ireland Premier Division: Cork City, Derry City, Dundalk, Finn Harps, Shamrock Rovers, Waterford.
German Bundesliga 2: Hamburger SV.
Portuguese Primeira Liga: Benfica.
Spanish La Liga: Celta Vigo.
Turkish Super Lig: Istanbul Basaksehir.
Swedish Allsvenskan: Djurgarden.
Swiss Super League: FC Sion.
Danish Superliga: Midtjylland, FC Nordsjælland.
MLS: Orlando City.
Austrian Bundesliga: RB Salzburg.
Greek Super League: PAOK.
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