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Virtual Bundesliga: Werder Bremen defends VBL Club Championship title!

SV Werder Bremen retained its title as German club champion in eFootball on Thursday, February 27 evening. The North German club won its last match against Hertha BSC 7:1 to defend its title with a lead of three points over SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Viewers of ProSieben MAXX saw Bremen players Michael “MegaBit” Bittner and Erhan “DrErhano” Kayman lift the championship trophy following the last match of the season. The redesigned trophy, which will be handed on to the new winner every year, was presented by Andreas Heyden, EVP Digital Innovations of the DFL Group.

Despite missing out on the title SpVgg Greuther Fürth´s second place in the final table behind Werder Bremen means the club has qualified directly for the VBL Grand Final on March 28/29 at Dock.One in Cologne. Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Borussia Mönchengladbach, VfL Wolfsburg and VfL Bochum 1848 also made it through to the Grand Final directly.

The clubs who finished the season in seventh to 16th place still have one more opportunity to qualify via the VBL Playoffs, which will be played online on March 7/8. A total of 128 participants will take part in the Playoffs and compete for the highly sought-after spots in the VBL Grand Final in a Swiss-system tournament. As during the whole season, the Playoffs will be played in 85 mode, with all players and teams having the same aggregated player rating.

108 players have already qualified via the VBL Open, a free online mode that was open to all FIFA 20 players until the end of January. The VBL Open saw a new record of 130,000 participants, the highest number since the competition was scaled back from all of the German-speaking countries to just Germany. The qualifiers include players such as Niklas “NRaseck 7” Raseck, Philipp “Eisvogel_7” Schermer and the reigning world champion, Mohammed “MoAuba” Harkous, who was a finalist in last year’s VBL Grand Final.

The Playoffs will be followed by the VBL Grand Final in Cologne on March 28/29. The twelve best players on each console will compete to succeed Michael “MegaBit” Bittner as German champion in eFootball and win a share of the €45,000 prize pot. The participants in the Grand Final will include two players from each of the top six clubs in the final VBL Club Championship table. The matches will be played in FIFA Ultimate Team mode, with players able to select their teams from all of the Bundesliga clubs.

The group phase of the VBL Grand Final on the Saturday can be attended live free of charge, with tickets available to purchase for the knockout phase and the final matches on the Sunday. As in the previous year, part of the semifinal and the cross-console final will be broadcast live on ProSieben MAXX between 17:20 and 20:15 CET. In addition to a live stream on ran eSports, there will again be an international stream.

Qualified for the Grand Final: Werder Bremen, SpVgg Greuther Fürth, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Borussia Mönchengladbach, VfL Wolfsburg, VfL Bochum 1848

Qualified for the Playoffs: Hamburger SV, Hannover 96, Eintracht Frankfurt, 1.FC Köln, VfB Stuttgart, FC Schalke 04, RB Leipzig, 1.FSV Mainz 05, 1.FC Nürnberg, FC Augsburg

More information on the VBL Grand Final can be found at the following link: https://virtual.bundesliga.com/grand-final

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