Portuguese football club S.C. Braga has entered esports by signing a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster.
While the sports club is the first Portuguese club to pick up a CS:GO team, it’s not the first club in the nation to enter esports: Sporting CP, Boavista FC, and Belenenses all compete in FIFA.
The new squad will be present at Braga Day, a pre-season event that will see members of the roster compete in one-versus-one matches against members of the public who attend.
S.C. Braga’s CS:GO roster is as follows:
- Nuna “BhT-” Silva
- Pedro “insider” Pereira
- Vítor “BaDzi” Costa
- Bernardo “Shooler” Martins
- Rui “tcheka” Pais
There seems to be a trend forming with CS:GO teams forming teams that consist of players from the same nation. ENCE is a relatively new roster that contains an all-Finnish roster, while Movistar Riders recently recruited an entirely Spanish squad. In February of this year, OpTic Gaming followed in the footsteps of Astralis, Heroic, and North by recruiting a team of Danish players.
More and more football clubs are entering esports these days, just yesterday we reported that Spanish sports club Villarreal CF was expanding beyond FIFA with intentions to recruit teams in League of Legends, Rocket League, and Clash Royale.
Esports Insider says: When a football club enters the esports industry it’s naturally by competing in FIFA, so S.C. Braga competing in CS:GO is refreshing. We wish them the best of luck, and hope they fancy branching out into other esports titles in the future!