Reds’ E-League competitors announced

E-League 2021 AUFC E-Sports

Adelaide United is pleased to announce its two competitors that will represent the Club for the NIVEA Men E-League 2021 edition.

The event will take place over two days in April in what is a highly anticipated tournament with some of Australia’s best-known EA SPORTSTM FIFA21 competitors vying to call their clubs champions across both PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. All of it also underpinned by a new sponsorship deal, with NIVEA Men signing on as naming rights partners.

Andy Phanouvong aka AKPO will represent the Reds on PlayStation®4 having previously played for Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets and consistently ranks just outside the top 10 of Oceania.

Speaking about joining his new Club, AKPO, said: “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to represent Adelaide alongside JAz and hope we can bring the Club success this upcoming season.

“I’m excited to have JAz as my teammate because through my personal experiences playing against him online and at E-League, he’s always a strong competitor and hopefully our partnership can bring strong results.”

Meanwhile, Joel Andruszkiewicz aka JAz returns to Adelaide on Xbox One. He competed for the Reds last season in the COVID interrupted campaign.

Speaking about re-signing with Adelaide, JAz said: “I’m excited to be representing my hometown Club Adelaide United for the E-League 2021 season.

“Having been a long-time supporter of the Club, it is an honour for me to represent the Reds through EA SPORTSTM  FIFA in the rapidly growing esports scene.

“I’m really looking forward to competing in the E-League for Adelaide and hopefully the season can be a very successful one.”

The eleven-round tournament over the two days will see competitors playing from their own homes for the first time as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and in line with EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series tournament guidelines.

A high-profile commentary line-up featuring YouTube stars JarradHD and TheMasterBucks and esports analyst Nate Patrick and Treaders will bring viewers all of the action on the free streaming platform Twitch.

Esports is the world’s fastest growing spectator sport, and in 2019 the FIFAe World Cup™ saw more than 47million viewers across online platforms. In 2020, the FIFA21 Challenge became EA Sports’ most watched esports event, with an average minute audience of more than 254,000 and a total watch time of more than 1 million hours.