Professionals | 07/04/2020

FC-Charity-Cup

FC start FIFA Tournament for charity

1. FC Köln are starting a charity FIFA tournament in order to support organisations who provide important help during the Corona crisis. The games will be live on FC channels.

On Wednesday, the tournament gets underway for 10 FC players. The FC-Charity-Cup will run until 17th April. FC managing director, Alexander Wehrle said: “With our partner, SK Gaming we are seeing that lots of fans are interested in the virtual Bundesliga, especially so during the football break. Now we want to see who the best in our squad is. We’re bringing competition together for a good cause.”

There is something special about the tournament, however. After every game, there is not just a winner but they will be able to choose one of four organisations who are providing help during the Coronavirus crisis. This money will be donated to them out of a pot of 50,000€. FC partners, REWE, RheinEnergie, DEVK insurance and bwin have come together for the prize fund.

“We are delivery a little bit of excitement and change to our fans and players with the FC-Charity-Cup in the coming days. The boys will certainly have fun and won’t want to lose, and don’t want to take any stick from their team-mates,” said FC managing director, Horst Heldt. He will conduct the tournament draw on Tuesday. “The real reason for the tournament is that we can do something good and support people, who need help in these tough times.”

The four organisations include the Köln foodbanks, the Kalk Lunchtable, Autonomen Kölner Frauenhäuser (to protect women from domestic violence) and the Köln Heart neighbour initiative. Dr. Werner Wolf, FC President and Chairman of the FC Foundation board, said: “It is important for us to be able to support organisations here in Köln as quickly and easily as possible, which help many different people in the region during the crisis. For the organisations which we have picked, it’s about giving people food to eat, solidarity with one another and protection from domestic violence. The chance to turn a fun tournament into a good cause is something we’re happy to do.”

The games will be shown live on 1. FC Köln’s YouTube channel, in co-operation with E-Sport partner, SK Gaming. 10 players will be taking part: Timo Horn, Rafael Czichos, Ismail Jakobs, Kingsley Schindler, Toni Leistner, Kingsley Ehizibue, Benno Schmitz, Niklas Hauptmann, Noah Katterbach und Jan Thielmann.

The FC players will be at home and will be led by FIFA professionals as their coaches, with Mirza "Mirza" Jahic, Timo "Praii" Gruneisen, Michael "Phenomeno" Gherman and Tim "TheStrxngeR" Katnawatos acting as their managers. The hashtag #effzehcharitycup will be where to find the latest information related to the tournament.

The Cup will also be supported by the economic development in Köln. Dr. Manfred Janssen, managing director of the KölnBusiness economic development, said: “We are taking part in the FC-Charity-Cup, which will support a good cause and the gaming sector in Köln. This event will show that E-Sport, in the times of social distancing, can be an interactive option for people to virtually come together.”

It starts with two games on 8th April. The two winners will qualify for the quarter-finals, where six players are already waiting after receiving a bye into that round. The last eight will be played across two Matchdays on the 13th and 14th April. The semi-finals on 15th April and the final two days later.

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