S04 to take part in the “Bundesliga Home Challenge"

In the absence of football as a result of the ongoing Corona pandemic, 26 clubs from the top two divisions in Germany are coming together to participate in the “Bundesliga Home Challenge”. This DFL initiative is an online competition using FIFA simulations. Schalke’s first game is this coming Saturday (28th March) at 18:00 CET against St. Pauli.

“During this Corona pandemic, protecting the public is our top priority. Naturally, we are also standing by our fans in these challenging times – that is our responsibility to all those who live and love Schalke. Now, more than ever, creativity is required in the world of digital content. I’m very pleased to see so many Bundesliga clubs showing solidarity and working to keep the fans entertained in the absence of football. As digital pioneers, we wanted to take part in this exciting project at all costs,” explained Alexander Jobst, marketing and communications director at Schalke.

I’m very pleased to see so many Bundesliga clubs showing solidarity and working to keep the fans entertained in the absence of football.

Alexander Jobst

The clubs involved in the “Bundesliga Home Challenge” will each be represented by two people, one of whom will be a professional footballer at the club. The other player in the Home Challenge team can either be an eSport player, an influencer or even a second professional from the squad. The games will be played online on PlayStation 4. The “85 mode” guarantees that all players in every team will have a rating of exactly 85. One game lasts around 25 minutes and each fixture will consist of two games. We are not revealing at this stage who will represent the Royal Blues in the tournament.

The “Bundesliga Home Challenge” is not included in any official sporting classification. The Virtual Bundesliga (VBL), The Virtual Bundesliga (VBL), an eFootball competition organized by the DFL since 2012, on the other hand is taking a break. The VBL Grand Final, which was originally planned for this weekend as a presence event, has been postponed due to the current spread of the corona virus.

For those who want to watch it live: The “Bundesliga Home Challenge” begins this Saturday at 15:30 CET as SpVgg Greuther Fürth take on TSG Hoffenheim. The Schalke games can be seen on Twitch from 18:00 CET.


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