For once, the Bundesliga is once again exciting. Not FC Bayern, but Borussia Dortmund is at the top of the table. After six championships in a row, the league leader is equal on points with Hertha BSC only in the chasing role. In contrast, there is constant tension in eSport. Because the DFL will have first and second league teams playing a champion on the console in the future. Whoever wins the title is completely open.
A comparable competition does not exist so far. DFL boss Christian Seifert (49) comments on the pioneering role: „Not only among young people does eSport have a high popularity, it is almost part of everyday culture. Against this background, it’s the right decision for clubs and DFL to further expand their commitment in this area.“
SPORT BILD answers the most important questions about the new competition!
How many clubs participate in the eBundesliga?
The „Club Championship“, as the competition will be called, is attended by first and second league clubs. Currently, eleven of the 36 professional clubs have at least one FIFA gambler under contract. That’s it: Schalke, Leverkusen, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Hertha, Bremen, Augsburg, Wolfsburg, Nuremberg, Bochum and Cologne. SPORT BILD knows: Gladbach, Hoffenheim, Frankfurt, Mainz and HSV will also enter virtual football.
RB Leipzig will sign another professional in addition to FIFA star Cihan Yasarlar (25). According to SPORT BILD information, FC Bayern will not participate in the „eBundesliga“. President Uli Hoeneß (66) has made it clear internally that there will be no entry into eSport under his leadership. In the public eye, he spoke of „total nonsense“ in the past.
Uli Hoeneß Honours
- Bayern Munich
- Bundesliga: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74
- DFB-Pokal: 1970–71
- European Cup: 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76
- Intercontinental Cup: 1976
- West Germany
- FIFA World Cup winner: 1974
Will the „TAG Heuer virtuelle Bundesliga“ and the eBundesliga be merged?
In part. What is certain is that the six-year-old VBL, in which 150,000 amateur FIFA players took part last year, will be continued. However, the professional gamblers no longer have to struggle their way through the many qualification rounds, but can play in their own league. The best FIFA pros of the „Club Championship“ will receive a wildcard for the knockout phase of the „TAG Heuer virtual Bundesliga“ so that they can continue to secure both championship titles. Sun Bingo are so keen to lavish you with terrific bingo bonuses and jackpots.
When does the eBundesliga start?
Both the „TAG Heuer virtuelle Bundesliga“ and the eBundesliga will start at the end of December. The final round of the virtual league will take place at the same time as the season finals of the Bundesliga in May.
When and where will the matches be played in the future?
There will be no direct link to the Bundesliga schedule. Whether the matches will be played offline or online is still unclear. The DFL will work with the clubs in the coming weeks to draw up a schedule.
How many players are there per team?
Each team needs at least one player. With four players each, Schalke and Stuttgart have the most players.
Is there a championship cup in the eBundesliga?
An extra trophy for the winner of the „Club Championship“ is planned. There is no draft yet.