With the official release of FIFA 19 we are going to declare the FIFA transfer window shut. This doesn’t mean players that aren’t signed yet won’t be but with a late flurry of activity in the leading up to the release we thought it would be a good idea to look at the big moves.
We have already covered some players that had made their moves or are recently unsigned here – worth checking out if you want to be caught right up to date.
Eisvogel returns to Germany
Philipp ‘Eisvogel’ Schermer has left Team Envy signed for German giants Schalke04. The two times FUT Champions Cup finalist had a good year with a last 16 place at the FIFA eWorld Cup and runner-up at the FIFA eClub World Cup. Performances that netted him “Signing of the Year” at the FIFA Esports Community Awards. Eisvogel follows a trend we are seeing this year of players signing for clubs closer to home. He joins Tim “Tim Latka” Schwartmann, Lukas “Idealz” Schmandt and Michael “Deos” Haan is Schermer to turn out for the Royal Blues.
Team Ozil is showing its ambition
The team Mesut Ozil has given his name are only a month old but the Arsenal man is wasting no time in signing their first professional FIFA player. Snapping up 19-year-old Fatih Ustun, star of the FIFA eClub World Cup where he took home the trophy with Brøndby IF. He was unlucky not to make the FIFA eWorld Cup after finishing top goalscorer in qualifying but was ultimately let down by his defense. A partnership with Ozil looks like a match made in heaven.
Rumours abound Ozil is not content with just the one signing. Reports suggesting he has met with world champion Msdossary a number of times in the last few months. Talks are ongoing but if Team Ozil pull it off it would be quite the coup going forward for the nascent esport organization
Agge Rosenmeier heads home
Former Hashtag United hasn’t waited long to sign for any team. Many were wondering if he was going to continue his career as a player or move into another role after a lacklustre year with Hashtag United. The former FeWC champion has made that decision though – signing for Danish esports team NORTH. Let’s hope he can recapture his form and we can see the best of Agge once again.
Team Rogue make moves
Nawid “Goalmachine21” Noorzai and Niklas “Nraseck” Raseck have both joined Team Rogue after leaving Team Bundled and VFL Bochum respectively. Both players who had it to the FIFA eWorld Cup are attractive acquisitions. Nraseck is one of the best players in Germany and Goalmachine21 is from the commercially important North America region. The Las Vegas-based organization will be expecting big things from these signings.
Nicholas99FC comes to Europe
Argentina’s Nicolas “Nicolas99fc” Villalba has signed for FC Basel. The player, dubbed the “Iceman” for his cool and clinical play, was many people’s pick to take the FIFA eWorld Cup this year. That wasn’t quite to be – after finishing top of his group he lost to eventual finalist Stefan Pinna. Few doubt his abilities though he won the FIFA Global Series and regularly racks up 40-0 seasons in Weekend League. If there are question marks it’s of his relative inexperience. Playing in Argentina means the talent pool is not as strong as Europe. And while there aren’t talks of a permanent move to the continent more regular competitive tournaments in Europe will surely take Nicholas and Basel FC to the next level.
So what do you make of the moves in the off-season? Will we see more players represent organizations closer to home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.