The competition to be crowned the footballing kings of the betting and gaming world returns when Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium hosts the fourth SBC Championship on 1 June.
The ultimate 6-a-side tournament is set to see 16 teams take part in a tough, but friendly, contest against rivals from the industry in a bid to lift the coveted trophy.
It is currently held by Catena Media Royale, who were presented with the 2019 SBC Championship cup by former Spain midfielder Gaizka Mendieta after victory over Trustly Avengers in a pulsating final.
Mendieta also took part in that tournament, with the Valencia legend declaring: “It was brilliant. The guys take it seriously and there’s some talent. I’m happy my team made it to the semi-finals.”
The SBC Championship, which is sponsored by bet365 Partners, BetConstruct, Catena Media, Inpay and Nuvei, is not all about winning though. The event is also a rare opportunity to live out a football fan’s dream by playing – and hopefully scoring – at a Premier League stadium.
The excitement of running out at a ground that has been the home stadium of such greats as Jimmy Greaves, Marcel Desailly, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, and Gianfranco Zola is certain to be a truly memorable experience for every player in the tournament.
In 2021, the SBC Championship also represents a great opportunity for people to resume socialising with colleagues from operators, suppliers, affiliates and the industry media.
After more than a year of getting by on Zoom calls, the day will provide plenty of chances for both players and those watching from the stands to catch up with familiar faces and finally meet contacts face-to-face.
Once the games are over and the trophy has been awarded, there will be a networking party for the players and their guests, where they can relive on-field exploits and perhaps even talk business.