FIFA 19’s next big event, the FUT Champions Cup January, is quickly approaching. In a matter of days, we’ll see 64 professional players hoping to use the tournament in Bucharest to gain some much-needed momentum, and a little bit of cash as well.
As FIFA 19 grows bigger by the day, with more and more competitions being held, the list of top-tier players only continues to grow, and it’s not showing any signs of stopping real soon.
Having said that, it can be hard to keep track of what events are happening, who’s participating, or who are the favourites. So, we decided to help out.
Below, you’ll find out everything you need to know about FUT Champions Cup January, and then some.
What is the FUT Champions Cup January?
In FIFA 19, no tournament is bigger than the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup. However, to qualify for the prestigious event, players will have to rack up some FIFA Global Series Points first by competing in various events throughout the year. The higher you place at these said tournaments, the more points you’ll earn, and the more chances you have of being one of the 16 players from each console to qualify for the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup.
The FUT Champions Cup January will serve as the third major tournament of the FIFA 19 season. It’s also the third of the FIFA events to take place in Bucharest, and the second of the FUT Champions Cup tournaments. In total, the tournament will have $200,000 up for grabs, and an insane amount of FIFA Global Series Points that should propel the best players to the top of the leaderboards.
From January 25 to 27, the wonderful city of Bucharest will play host to 64 players (32 for each console) competing in a Swiss-style group stage that will lead to a knockout bracket and will culminate in the winners of each console battling it out for the grand prize of $50,000 and 1,500 FIFA Global Series Points.
FUT Champions Cup January Schedule
|January 25, 2019||January 26, 2019||January 27, 2019|
|PlayStation 4 Pre-Show (11:30 AM CET)||Round of 16 — Games 1 & 2 (12:00 PM CET)||Xbox Semifinal 1 (12:00 PM)|
|Swiss Round 1 (12:00 PM CET)||Round of 16 — Games 3 & 4 (1:00 PM CET)||Xbox Semifinal 2 (1:00 PM)|
|Swiss Round 2 (1:30 PM CET)||Round of 16 — Games 5 & 6 (2:00 PM CET)||PlayStation Semifinal 1 (2:00 PM)|
|Swiss Round 3 (3:00 PM CET)||Round of 16 — Games 7 & 8 (3:00 PM CET)||PlayStation Semifinal 2 (3:00 PM)|
|Swiss Round 4 — PS4 (4:30 PM CET)||Quarterfinals — Xbox Games 1 & 2 (4:00 PM CET)||PlayStation Final (4:00 PM)|
|Swiss Round 4 — Xbox (5:45 PM CET)||Quarterfinals — PS4 Games 1 & 2 (5:00 PM CET)||Xbox Final (5:00 PM)|
|Swiss Round 5 — PS4 (7:00 PM CET)||Quarterfinals — Xbox Games 3 & 4 (6:00 PM)||Cross-platform Final (6:30 PM)|
|Swiss Round 5 — Xbox (8:15 PM CET)||Quarterfinals — PS4 Games 3 & 4 (7:00 PM)||PlayStation 4 Post-Show (8:00 PM)|
Players to Watch at the FUT Champions Cup January
With so much on the line, look to every one of the 64 players to bring their A-game in Bucharest. However, not all of these players were made equally, with some just hungrier than others.
At the FUT Champions Cup January, all eyes will likely be on Donovan ‘F2Tekkz‘ Hunt and Mosaad ‘Msdossary‘ Aldossary. With recently-crowned winner of the Gfinity FIFA Series, Nicolas ‘Nicolas99FC‘ Villalba, out of the tournament, these two are the names to watch at this event. But, then again, upsets can and have happened in the past, and looking at the deep pool of talent playing in Bucharest, there’s no shortage of players with tons of potential.
Case in point, Msdossary’s teammate, Nawid ‘GoalMachine21‘ Noorzai, dazzled with a near-flawless record at the Gfinity Arena last week to make it all to the console finals, knocking out F2Tekkz in the process. Not to be outdone is Dani Hagebeuk, who is currently playing for AFC Ajax. Just like GoalMachine21, the Dutchman made it all the way to the console final as well, albeit at a different event at the last FUT Champions Cup event in Bucharest.
Finally, another player to watch out for at the FUT Champions Cup January is the FIFA 18 PS4 World Champion, Stefano ‘StefanoPinna_21‘ Pinna, who’s currently representing the PSV Eindhoven banner.
A player who’s been so close to the top many times before, the ever-underrated pro FIFA player will have ever chance to finally get his long-awaited breakthrough at the FUT Champions Cup January. With Nicolas99fc out of the way, his path to the cross-platform final, is a lot clearer, albeit still far from a cakewalk.
Predictions for the FUT Champions Cup January
Some players just aren’t cut from the same cloth, and for the standouts at the FUT Champions Cup January, they’re just simply a lot better compared to their competition.
So, the question now is, who’s going to stop the favourites from taking the title for themselves? At the very least, Nicolas99fc isn’t here. If he were, then he’d be standing at the very top of every prediction list by a huge margin. But, even if he isn’t here, the gap between the likes of F2Tekkz and Msdossary from the rest of the competitive field is massive.
The best don’t stay that way forever, though. Eventually, they’re going to start losing momentum and when they do, there are a handful of players waiting for the opportunity to take their spot. F2Tekkz is no exception. Although F2Tekkz is essentially playing with house money after winning the last two events in Romania’s capital, he hasn’t been looking as good lately, and therefore, could be prone to an upset. Whether that comes at the hands of Msdossary is not for certain, but it probably wouldn’t come off as a surprise if he falls short of a third straight win.
Having said that, our pick is either Ajax Dani or StefanoPinna_21 to use the tournament to make a statement. The latter, especially, will benefit from the relative lack of competition on the PS4 with Nicolas99fc failing to qualify for the tournament.
Which player do you think will win FUT Champions Cup January? Do you think it’ll be the usual favourites? Or will one of the lesser-known names be crowned the winner? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.