Leyton Orient’s FIFA 20 Ultimate QuaranTeam tournament has now reached the last 16.
The tournament was initially planned to host 64 teams from across the globe, but had to be expanded due to the level of interest. The rules were simple enough: teams had to be able to play as themselves on FIFA 20 – ruling out certain leagues – and have the game on PS4.
Representatives have varied. Teams are controlled by a variety of players, fans, staff members and, in some cases, even pro FIFA players (although some of those also fall under the ‘supporters’ category, as well).
There is still a week until the final is set to take place, but as things heat up, let’s take a look at what has happened so far and what’s still to come.
Ultimate QuaranTeam last-16 preview
Of the 16 teams to make it into the next round, England are the best-represented country with six in total spread from the Premier League to League Two.
VVV-Venlo are one of a number of Dutch teams to make it this far, alongside the likes of PSV and Feyenoord, while French sides Lille and Angers also progressed to the last-16.
Full list of last-16 fixtures:
- Lokomotiv Moscow vs Standard Liege
- Middlesbrough vs VVV Venlo
- PSV vs Newcastle/FC Sion
- Mansfield vs Wolves
- Lille vs Brentford
- Angers vs Groningen
- QPR vs Feyenoord
- Istanbul Basaksehir vs FC Midtjylland
Last-16 results so far
- Middlesbrough 4-2 VVV Venlo
- Istanbul Basaksehir 1-0 FC Midtjylland
- QPR 0-1 Feyenoord
- Lokomotiv Moscow 2-3 Standard Liege
Where can I watch the Ultimate QuaranTeam last-16?
Live stream options: Bet365* are streaming select Ultimate QuaranTeam tournament fixtures live for account holders. Those without a Bet365 account already who are interested in streaming the competition live can take advantage of this service by following the simple steps below.
- Click on this link.
- ‘Join now’ and enter details.
- Log in and fund the new account.
- Pick the desired event from among the ‘live now’ or ‘schedule’ sections in Bet365’s ‘live streaming’ category.
NB: To watch, customers must have funded Sports account or have placed bet within last 24 hours. 18+ | T&C’s Apply | Be Gamble Aware | Geo restrictions apply. Odds and promotions are valid at the time of the writing (March 27, at 13.59 GMT).
Ultimate QuaranTeam favourites
Before the tournament started, uncertainty abounded as to who would win. On paper, the professional eSports players had the edge and while that is still largely the case, some of the footballers have put in good performances.
One of those is Forest Green Rovers’ Chris Stokes, who has seen off Northampton Town – represented by an eSports player – and Bradley Dack’s Blackburn Rovers. However, the Cobblers are at 66/1* to win the tournament, with only Norwich City (80/1) having longer odds.
The favourites as things stand are Middlesbrough and Standard Liege (11/2), both of whom are represented by professional FIFA players with Danny Taylor turning up for Boro and ShadooW for the Belgian club.
- Middlesbrough – 11/2
- Standard Liege – 11/2
- Lille – 7/1
- Angers – 8/1
Ultimate QuaranTeam moments you might have missed
With so many games on featuring teams from around the world, it has been tough for fans to catch every minute of QuaranTeam action. And there it has been full of excitement.
One of the novelties of the tournament has been the potential to see players scoring on FIFA 20 with themselves – something the stars have also tried hard to do. But in Blackburn’s 4-0 defeat to Forest Green in their round-of-64 replay, Bradley Dack provided fans with an even better moment.
Having already lost a two-goal lead in the initial tie before drawing 2-2, tensions will have already been high in the Dack household before he went 4-0 down in the replay.
With the game over and less than 15 minutes to go, Dack – controlling himself – lost the ball just inside the Forest Green half. Reacting, Dack hacked his opponent down from behind and received a straight red card.
The tournament hasn’t been without its controversies either. In the first round, MK Dons fan Dan Phillis was handed a tough tie against Dutch club Heracles with an eSports player Bryan Hessing.
But Phillis went 2-0 up after 20 minutes and the game lasted only a matter of moments after that second goal, with the Heracles representative ‘rage quitting’ – handing MK Dons the win.
“When I found out I was playing against someone who gets paid to play FIFA I thought I was in for a long evening,” Phillis told the Dons’ official media channels.
“All my mates were giving me stuck and some of them were even betting against me – I knew there was no pressure on me and just went into the game with a carefree attitude.
“After I scored the first goal I actually thought he was toying with me and was giving me false hope. Then I scored my second and just as I started to celebrate – he quit!
“It was a strange feeling beating someone who plays FIFA for a living – but it’s certainly something I’ll never forget.”
Unfortunately, Phillis and MK Dons would be knocked out in the next round by another Dutch club, Vitesse.
Then there was the comeback of the tournament so far with Ross County going 3-0 down against PSV late on only to drag things back to 3-3, taking the game to a replay. Sure, PSV won that 3-0, but let’s celebrate the good moments.