By: Ville Virtanen


ESL’s IEM was organized in Poland, Katowice, on March 12th – 15th 2015. World Championships were played off in Starcraft 2 and League of Legends. CS:GO drew a record breaking one million viewers compared to the last years 250,000, and for Hearthstone this was the second year in the IEM.
We are going to run through the results of CS:GO playoff matches in Katowice 2015. It will include final results and a spot in the light where I want to give special attention to a team of my pick. As earlier mentioned Katowice was a huge success for CS:GO, and most of all for the whole FPS genre.

Teams and prize pool

The following list includes the teams that participated to the tournament. They are being separated to LEGENDS and CHALLENGERS. Legend teams were invited to the tournament due to their placements in the Dreamhack Winter 2014. Challenger teams had to qualify to the tournament via ESL’s open qualifiers, this gave a chance for every CS:GO team around the world to challenge the Legends. 



This CS:GO tournaments prize pool was the following:
#1 $100,000 USD
#2 $50,000 USD
#3 $22,000 USD
#4 $22,000 USD
#5-8 $10,000 USD
#9-16 $2,000 USD
In total of $250,000 USD


Playoffs were divided to three days. First day consisted of quarterfinal games, and they turned out well for the Legend teams, as four of them advanced to the semifinals filling all the spots. The only Challenger team that made it to the playoffs, Keyd Stars, was eliminated in the quarterfinals by the home team,

On the second day, the last quarterfinal game was played between NiP and TSM, resulting in NiP’s favor, as they went 2-1 against the Dane’s. The second day continued in the late afternoon with semifinal games ahead. Fnatic, who had won 2-0 against PENTA Sports in the quarterfinals, faced off last year’s winner, Despite the loud cheering home audience, lost 2-0 sending team Fnatic to the grand final. The French Team EnVyUs,
who had defeated the Ukrainian team Natus Vincere 2-1 in the quarterfinals, faced off the Swedish NiP, and eventually the French had to settle for third place after losing 2-0.

The Grand Final was played on the last day of the event, and it was between two Swedish powerhouses Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Team Fnatic. After three games Fnatic claimed the victory with the score of 2-1. Making them the first CS:GO team ever to win two major tournaments.

Spot in the light: Keyd Stars

One of the most anticipated games of day two was vs. Keyd Stars. had it all in their favor, they had the home audience, experience and they were last year’s Katowice winners. This was Keyd Stars’ debut at the majors. They are the only team outside Europe and North America that has made it to the top 8 in a major tournament. They came a long way from Brazil to Poland, and their journey was funded by donations from ESEA (E-Sports Entertainment Association) and Flusha (Professional CS:GO player ). Even though they got eliminated, they made history in the CS:GO scene, and gave proof that other teams outside EU and NA can make it. I am sure we will be hearing form Keyd Stars in the future.

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it took me long enough to get around to this, i’m sorry! i was tagged by youngburakovsky and kaissuu

Name: simone.
Time & date of exact moment: 19/03/2015 11:48am.
Average hours of sleep: it really depends on the day of the week but between 5 and 8 hours???
Last thing I googled: “nhl 2014 2015 playoff match-ups”
Nickname: i have a lot of nicknames. ducky, duckster, killer, bula, shortstop.
Gender: female.
Sexual orientation: your mother.
Height: 5′2″/5′3″
Favourite colour: navy blue or coral
One place that makes me happy: giant center in hershey, pa
What are you wearing: black leggings, a seguin shirsey, and malkin wc jersey
Last book you read: uhm, if we’re talking just books in general. i read “the burning of bridget cleary” (i don’t remember who wrote it) and “the diary of a napoleonic foot soldier” (i don’t remember who wrote that, either) for my european history class. for fun reading, i think the last book i actually finished was “the fault in our stars”.

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Today’s match needs some stats. 16.03

Here we go

0:1 – Thoresen (Martensson) – 07:27.
1:1 – Dugin (Jalasvaara) – 12:52.
1:2 – Shipachyov (Dadonov, Panarin) – 24:02.
1:3 – Kablukov (Ketov) – 24:35.
1:4 – Dadonov (Kovalchuk, Shipachyov) – 41:02 (5x4).
1:5 – Thoresen (Martensson) – 41:35.
1:6 – Tikhonov (Martensson) – 50:20. 

Goaltenders: Lazushin (Sharychenkov, 39.06) – Koskinen

SKA leads in the series 3-1

Perfect b-day present for one of our coaches, Igor Zakharkin. 
Marty was on top. Patrick too. 
*not alive*

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That’s six time Champion Baltimore Blast, thank you very much, and I think the entire state of Missouri owes Baltimore and Pat Healey an apology. #Blastwinwithclass

After England's under 21's disaster this summer do the FA need to overhaul grassroots football?

This year’s UEFA European Under 21’s Championship was hosted in Israel between 5-18th June.  Qualification for the tournament started in 2011 with 52 teams, the English team was placed in group 8 alongside Norway, Belgium, Azerbaijan and Iceland, to their credit they came top of their group winning seven out of eight games, their two-leg playoff match was against Serbia they won both ties 1-0 giving them a 2-0 lead on aggregate and securing them a pace in the final tournament with host team Israel as well as Germany, Italy, Holland, Norway, Russia and Spain.  There were high hopes for under 21’s in their England football kits however, the results on the pitch didn’t materialise, they were drawn in group A along with Italy, Norway and Israel, they played and lost three matches only managing to score once from the penalty spot against Norway. Following this disastrous showing manager Stuart Pearce, whose contract was subsequently not renewed, blamed the lack of commitment from the players who appeared to lack the motivation to get out there, play well, score goals and ultimately win.  He also blamed the lack of support from clubs that are reluctant to release young players from their first team squads for national call-ups.

Grassroots football is the young amateur players and teams across the country playing in Saturday or Sunday leagues using mainly local authority maintained pitches and facilities.  Over recent years there has been much debate about the lack of funding available for such facilities that are often substandard and inadequate. The Football Foundation is the UKs largest sports charity and feeds around £30m each year into grassroots football, money also comes from the Football Association (FA), and the Premier League however, many people argue there is not enough money to provide the high quality facilities required for finding and training young and upcoming talent that should eventually feed into club level and the national squad.  In 2008 the FA unveiled the National Game Strategy, this was updated in 2011 pledging to introduce a further £200m into grassroots football between 2011-15.

Despite the thoughts and initiatives surrounding grassroots football and the amount of money spent over the last few years, in a survey earlier this year 84% of respondents involved at grassroots level cited “poor facilities” as their main priority for improvement.  In response to this the Football Foundation have pledged £50m a year up until 2015 for improving large football sites mostly in economically deprived areas.  Rob Flemming who is the chairman of Bournville Warriors FC based in Birmingham has highlighted the issued suffered by his teams, according to him matches are frequently cancelled due to inadequate pitch drainage and water logging.  Add to this that when matches do go ahead, over the course of a Saturday over 150 children and their parents play and spectate, yet there are no working toilets, the lack of basic adequate facilities is a contributing factor making recruiting players and volunteers to help a difficult task. This is not an isolated situation it is replicated across the country.

Over the next three years it is aimed that over 3,00 pitches will be improved and 150 artificial pitches will be built however, those involved at grassroots level feel this is not enough.  A petition has been set up aiming to lobby the government to force the Premier League to give more money to support grassroots football, they currently give around 1% of their TV revenue, the petition calls for this to be increased to 7.5%, the Premier Leagues broadcasting rights are collectively worth around £5bn this is a staggering amount of money of which 7.5% would make an immense difference to grassroots football. The future under 21’s and senior squad players to wear England football kits could be being put off getting involved in the sport due to appalling local facilities, the FA and Premier League need to recognise this and implement a sustainable structure whereby money and expertise is directed into the lowest levels of the sport, encouraging and shaping young, future talent that is vital if the England national team are going to challenge other sides like Spain or Brazil in winning national tournaments, such as the World Cup or European Championships.

Are you involved in grassroots football? What do you think of the facilities for your local teams?

What do you think of the proposal that 7.5% of Premier League TV revenue should be given over to improving grassroots football?

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After England’s under 21’s disaster this summer do the FA need to overhaul grassroots football? was originally published on Football Shirt & Soccer News