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Re-Match with Nicolas – FeWC Group C

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The first Playstation group will be led by Nicolas ‘nicolas99fc’ Villabla, the Argentinian from FC Basel. After a difficult start, he finished the season in first place. Nicolas collected a total of 9,770 points and was still 3,500 points behind Donavan ‘F2Tekkz’ Hunt, the dominant Xbox player of the season. Nicolas underlined his position and ambitions with the victory of the playoffs in Berlin. It’s hard to believe that Nicolas won’t make it into the top four on his console or even further.

There will be a re-match for Nicolas with his final opponent. Because the Dutchman Lev ‘LevVinken’ Vinken from the Italian team Mkrs has made his way into the playoffs in group C with being runner-up at the playoffs. The fourth-placed player in the world rankings is one of the best Dutch players. The non-nomination for the eNations Cup was therefore annoying for him. Nevertheless, he showed several times that he should always be considered as a top player and that he has great ambitions to win the World Cup.

Two german players

Mohammed ‘MoAuba’ Harkous, the Werder Bremen player, is the German player with the best chances on PS4. On rank five he qualified for the FeWC behind LevVinken. Like LevVinken, MoAuba will meet Nicolas again, to which he lost 2:7 in the quarter-finals of the playoffs. So far, this duel has caused MoAuba particular difficulties throughout several tournaments. At the FeWC, he needs to be a tiny bit better and underline his qualities.

In Group C, another German qualified for the FeWC: Erhan ‘Dr. Erhano’ Kayman. During the season Erhan still played for VfB Stuttgart, but did not extend his contract due to some disagreements. The FIFA veteran qualified for the World Cup in 13th place with a narrow 200-point lead. It won’t be easy for him. Nevertheless, he has everything in his hands and can make his strong season even better with a good placement.

Slow build-up and attacking power

Portuguese Diego ‘tuga810’ Pombo won the fourth FUT Champions Cup in Atlanta and scored consistently throughout the season as he survived the Swiss Round at every event. Diego plays extremely calm and is offensively ice-cold, which helped him defeat Nicolas 6-1 in Atlanta. He has a lot to offer, although he is not one of the heavyweights.

Fatih ‘FIFAÜstun’ Üstun plays less calm in the structure, but with a lot of pace and tricks. The Danish pro of M10 Esports is known for his attacking power, but also for his defensive weaknesses. In 2018, he won the FIFA eClub World Cup with Frederik Fredberg and this year he reached the semi-finals of the eNations Cup with Denmark. His goalscoring skills and enthusiasm make him one of the more likely candidates to make it through the group stage. The chances of winning the tournament are, in terms of the other competitors, rather small.

The underdogs

The 17-year-old Brazilian Victor ‘Tore’ dos Santos Coelho from Ajax had his first big appearance at the first FUT Champions Cup in Bucharest, at that time still playing for Team SPQR. There he lost the final 4:3 against Joksan ‘Joksan’ Redona. On his way to the final, he eliminated Nicolas and Corentin ‘Maestro’ Thuillier, especially through his outstanding goalkeeping game. Since then he hasn’t been too strong, but secured enough points for the playoffs and then for the FeWC. He’s more of an underdog than a clear favourite.

The last place for the FeWC was secured by the Australian Mark ‘FUTWIZ_Marko’ Brijeski. He won the second season of the Australian league and secured points for the world rankings with some solid placings. The playoffs were in his favour, although his own results did not match. With the help of his competitors, Marko managed to keep his 16th place in the world rankings. There is little to expect from him at the FeWC, but he can still cause difficulties for the big ones.