After an epic year of competition, it all boiled down to the BOV ePremier League Knockout Stage. Featuring the best 8 Maltese FIFA players on the island, a champion was crowned earlier this month. With nowhere left to hide, a new champion was crowned, a veteran respected by all. Read on as we take a moment to recap this exciting event and all of the surprising moments.
BOV ePremier League Knockout Stage Recap - Highlight Matches
Ahead of the event, in our preview, there was one storyline everyone was talking about - whether or not anyone would manage to take down the favourite, Luke Bartolo representing Santa Lucia FC.
As the defending champion from the previous year, all the competitors knew they'd have to take him down in order to have a chance at winning the whole thing this season.
Bearing this in mind, we've gathered a short list of our favourite matches from the Knockout Stage:
Upper Bracket - Quarterfinals
- Birkirkara FC (0-2) Mosta FC - this match set the tone for the weekend when it came to upsets. Indeed Salvatore "Shortyy" Assennato stunned the community with a win over Gianluca "Turbulense" Sant, which certainly wasn't expected.
- Santa Lucia FC (2-3) Valletta FC - we're not sure how, but Shaun "Vli" Dimech managed to defy the odds and keep out Luke "LukeBartolo99" Bartolo, winning by 1 goal in this nail-biter.
- Birkirkara FC (2-2) Marsaxlokk FC - with only one team moving on to the Lower Bracket Final, both Gianluca "Turbulense" put on an incredible show for the community. Trading blows in a tight stalemate, it boiled down to a penalty shoot-out, where Birkirkara FC walked away victorious.
- Hamrun Spartans (6-5) Birkirkara FC - naturally, the final match we'll highlight is none other than the Grand Final. Pitting two local veterans against each other, fighting to be crowned champion, Shaun "brandsha" Galea fought tooth and nail to earn his well-deserved crown.
BOV ePremier League Knockout Stage Recap - The Final Standings
While there were so many other great matches, here's a look at the Final Standings of the Main Competition below:
BOV ePremier League 2022/23 Season - An Awesome Year
Overall, we're thrilled with how this final tournament concluded. Celebrating the year as it's always been - competitive and surprising. While this chapter ends, we can't wait for what's next for local FIFA esports.