Two local football fans are set to proudly represent Brisbane Roar when the NIVEA Men E-League returns with an intense new 12-team format.
Brisbane boys Mitchell Sutherland and Connor Stewart will pull on the orange and take on some of Australia’s best-known FIFA21 players over two days starting this coming Friday, 23 April.
The pair earned selection to represent the Roar thanks to their standout performances in the XP FIFA League run by XP Esports, the Club’s official E-League partner.
Sutherland (Suth4One) and Stewart (Envy AU) have already labelled themselves the underdogs as they look to spring a few surprises against the likes of Mark Brijeski and Jamie O’Doherty from reigning Premiers Sydney FC.
“Most of the other guys have made big pro tournaments. Connor and I haven’t,” said Sutherland, who also plays and coaches football in Brisbane.
“We’re probably the only two in the tournament that are two local lads. That’s why we’re going with the underdogs tag. We’ll set the expectations low and see what we can do.
“I know we’ll cause an upset or two.”
For Stewart, who has been playing FIFA for around a decade, the NIVEA Men E-League is a chance to perform for a club he grew up supporting.
“I’ve followed the Roar since I started following football probably 10 years ago,” he said.
“When I was younger I was going into the Den each game with my dad. It’s great [to represent the Club].
“We’re the underdogs going into it. But ideally as a team we would like to finish on the top.”
The NIVEA Men E-League will run across 11 rounds and two event days – Friday, 23 April and Saturday, 24 April – with all 12 A-League clubs having one PlayStation representative and one Xbox representative.
Points calculated from the aggregate results across the two consoles will be used to determine the E-League 2021 Premiers.
Individual console results will then be used to determine the console champions, who will qualify for the EA SPORTS FIFA21 Oceania Regional Playoff.