Meet the man taking on the football world at FIFA for Sheffield Wednesday - and how you can watch

With all sport in this country on pause, the eyes of the football world will turn to streams of computer games in the coming weeks as Sheffield Wednesday go toe-to-toe with some of the world’s biggest clubs in the FIFA Quaran-Team tournament.

By Alex Miller
Sunday, 22nd March 2020, 11:48 am
Updated Sunday, 22nd March 2020, 11:48 am

Organised by the media team at Leyton Orient in the wake of football’s suspension earlier this month, the Owls have entered as 128 teams across the world, from Accrington Stanley to Ajax and St Mirren to Sydney.

Wednesday take on Cambridge United in their first-round clash this evening from 8pm. Supporters can watch live on streaming service Twitch on the club’s newly-established channel - www.twitch.tv/sheffieldwednesday.

But who is the much-fancied man behind Wednesday’s assault at glory? Tom Delee is an Owls season ticket holder with a strong pedigree in some of FIFA’s most prestigious tournaments down the years.

Delee has been installed as one of the bookies’ favourites for the crown.

“When I first played on a console I'd have been four or five years old on my brother's Playstation One,” said the 23-year-old. “Then my first competitive stuff was in around 2010.

“I do feel a bit of pressure! I've seen myself on betting websites at 1/20 to win tonight and if I don't do that I'm going to lose some people a lot of money!

“We tested out a few things last night and I played against a few fans. In the first game, I went 1-0 down and I looked at the chat below it and I was getting pelters!”

Tom Delee will take on the football world at FIFA for Sheffield Wednesday. Pic: SWFC

Delee is comfortable with being one of the favourites, but outlined players from Man City, Burnley, Ajax and Roma as tough competitors.

“I do get it because I've played in a few big things before, but there are a few players under the radar that are still pretty good. There are people who have qualified for as big tournaments as I have. I've just got to thrive on it.”

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