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The Sorare Academy has now been running for three weeks and over 2,500 managers submitted a team for last weekend’s games – were you one of them?

In the last article, we gave you a rundown of the game and how to pick your team. This week, we’ll go a bit deeper into Sorare and share some thoughts on why the Academy is worth your time, as well as taking a brief look at the weekend of football ahead.

What is Sorare?

Sorare is a global Fantasy Football game that blends tournaments with trading, giving managers the chance to own the players in their team. If you ever collected football stickers as a kid, or Pokemon cards, then it’s a little bit like this except that the player ‘cards’ are virtual ones that live on the blockchain.

We’ll dig a little deeper into the blockchain side of things in a future article but rest assured, you don’t really need to know anything about this to play the game. Sorare have made things as easy as possible to get into so you don’t need to be a complete crypto-nerd, you can just enjoy the game – especially by playing in the Academy where you can just jump straight in for free.

You may not have heard of Sorare before we launched the Academy but it’s actually been running since 2018 and has been quietly growing. There are now 178 fully licensed clubs on board and the whole of the Bundesliga will be added later this month. 

In September, Sorare announced that they had raised $680m from investors – the biggest Series B funding round in Europe to date. Impressive stuff. And it shows the tradition of collecting football cards is alive and well, just modernised for the digital age!

How does Sorare compare to FPL?

FPL is the world’s most popular Fantasy Football game. If you enjoy FPL, the chances are you’ll enjoy Sorare and do well at it too. 

How do the two games compare?

Sorare is truly global, giving you the chance to broaden your football knowledge. You can play using familiar players from Europe. But if you want to scout for hidden gems in the Brazillian league, or find the next talented youngster in the Eredivisie, you can do that on Sorare. Their aim is to cover the top 20 leagues in the world and they are already well on their way towards that.

Every week is engaging. We’ve all been there on FPL – the frustration of your team falling apart due to unexpected injuries, rescheduled fixtures and players losing form, and your team is dead in the water by Christmas. Sorare tournaments take place every weekend and midweek so it really doesn’t matter how much you’ve messed up your last team, as every week is a new week and you’ve always got another chance to be in the running for prizes.

Real-world ownership and prizes. The biggest difference is that on Sorare you can buy and own the players you believe in – for life. Not only can you keep using your players year after year but you can take them and use them elsewhere in the Sorare ecosystem (there are various side games, like the Academy). Better still, if you do well enough, you can turn good performances into prizes that can help you to strengthen your team.

Coming up this Gameweek

Think your football knowledge can take down the rest? Enter the Academy this week for free and see if you can win one of the 10 cards on offer. All the instructions are there – just click on the empty slot in your team, then the player you want to pick.

This weekend there are some tasty one-sided looking fixtures across three of the big five leagues that you might want to consider:

  • In the Premier League, Chelsea are up against whipping-boys Norwich City. There aren’t many Chelsea players on Sorare yet but you might want to take a look at Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku or perhaps Kai Havertz if you think the goals are going to flow. Liverpool have a slightly tougher match up away to Man United but it’s still hard to look past Salah given the form he’s in.
  • Sevilla should have enough power to take down Levante in LaLiga. The Sevilla defence has only conceded three goals so far this season – Jules Koundé is a consistent scorer for them and their goalkeeper, Yassine Bono, is pretty reliable too. They have some decent options up front too, like former Spurs player Erik Lamela.
  • Over in France, Lille will fancy their chances against struggling Brest. Jonathan David has the ability to hit high scores, as does Jonathan Bamba – although he’s still finding his feet after returning from injury. 

Don’t forget to set your lineups before the deadline (11am Friday). Good luck with your teams this weekend! 

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Adam @ Football Trader Adam has been scouting for and trading in football games for far too long and for far too many hours. He has a particular interest in the big 5 European Leagues as well as lesser known ones like the Eredivisie, Primeira Liga and even the MLS. Before he managed to somehow make a living by writing about football, he spent ~10 years as a Ministerial adviser and project/risk manager for the UK Government including the Foreign Office and MOD. When not buried in xG spreadsheets he plays too many computer games, lifts heavy things in the gym and attempts to cultivate a handsome beard.”

175 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Just finished applying for a job and they asked about my sexual orientation. Pretty outrageous. Anyone been asked that before?

    1. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Is this a joke?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        No it’s not.

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      thats poor ... i was under the impression thats something they are not allowed to ask ... same as your age etc?

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        actually ... i'm getting mixed up with interviews i think

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Asked age, race, sexual orientation. Need work but I don’t think I should go any further with the application.

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            agree ... too many red flags already ... pretty out of order.

      2. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        If this is in the US, it is definitely illegal

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          It’s in England, but this is a first for me.

          1. mynameisq
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Well they can ask as an anonymous kinda questionnaire thing at the end that isn't mandatory to fill in and has 0 impact on the application, most jobs do that

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Ah ok cheers.

    3. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      That would be illegal in Denmark

    4. pjomara
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Under EU laws they definitely wouldn't be allowed ask any questions like that, but under Bojo law, God knows.

    5. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      In an interview or on an application form?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        It was an application form.

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          A horse mate , tell them you're a Horse fgs

        2. pjomara
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Maybe they included it as they're looking for diversity in the employee that they're hiring.
          Tell them you're a dyslexic gay Afro-Caribbean paraplegic.

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Hmmm yeah maybe this is the reason indeed. Bottom line should be can you do the fn job ?

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Ah yeah spot on I suppose.

          3. BigRedDog
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Llo

          4. mynameisq
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            No, it doesn't affect the application at all, it just helps them when analysing groups that are applying, and the make up of their workforce

        3. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I suspect (hope) it is part of demographic surveying of the workforce and sits independent of your application purely for diversity statistics but it should mention how/why the information is being collected.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Cheers Miguel. Yeah it would have been nice and also probably wise to explain that.

    6. BigRedDog
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wow... I bet the one asking the question was cringing.. what company can I ask? Embarrassing

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B&Q.
        Tough times at the moment. 😆

        1. BigRedDog
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Yikes

          1. Gazwaz80
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Somebody once asked me if there was a B&Q in Wigan so I had to spell it out to them W-I-G-A-N and told them there’s definitely no B&Q in Wigan, honestly, some people…

  2. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Vardy on the bench vs Spartak which is good for GW9.

    They are 1-0 down though.

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      yeah, give them old legs a rest

  3. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who would you prioritize selling for Mbuemo? Jota or Traore. I cant be sure any will play unfortunately so need one gone.

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      traore

  4. Jernau M Gurgeh
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I am watching the Leicester match on Cyfo that is a legal Belgium stream. Very good and in English and free.

    1. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      #ad

  5. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Give Jota and a Armstrong one last chance ??

  6. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Plymouth Argyle's third goal last night was ridiculous. If they didn't have a 2-0 lead in the fifth minute of injury time surely the game would have been called off a waterlogged pitch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87L5EMOJz3w

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Haha the celebrations were awesone

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        *awesome

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          The fact that conditions were more appropriate for swimming was not missed by the players.

    2. pjomara
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      What was the real time difference between 1:35 in that clip and 1:40 because the pitch was fine at 1:35 and absolutely drenched at 1:40?

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I wasn't at the match but downpour right at the end by the sounds of it.

  7. Mozumbus
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Who will score more in GW9:
      A. Antonio + Bruno + Greenwood + Azpi + Rudigar + Coufal (current team)
      B. Lukaku + Son + Mbeumo + TAA + Rudiger + Manquillo (WC)
      C. Vardy + Son + Mbeumo + Azpi + TAA + Coufal (WC)

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cmon really ?

        1. Mozumbus
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Ok, let me post something simpler 😀

      2. Bruno Commando
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Start 2 of the below:
        A) TAA
        B) Toney
        C) Mbeumo
        D) Antonio

        Current setup:
        Ramsdale
        TAA James Dias Cancelo Livra
        Salah Foden Raph
        Lukaku Toney

        Foster Mbeumo Antonio Brownhill