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Meet Excel Esports’ new FIFA lineup with Tottenham superstar Dele and trailblazer Tom Leese

Excel Esports are back in FIFA Esports and have made a huge statement with their lineup, signing two of the very best professional FIFA players.

Excel Esports, who describe themselves as a British competitive gaming culture brand, were founded in 2014 by brothers Joel and Kieran Holmes-Darby, and now have competitive rosters across four game titles, Fortnite, VALORANT, League of Legends and now FIFA (FIFA 22). They are also one of ten founding partners of the LEC, Europe’s most-watched esports league, and they compete in the NLC, the Northern League of Legends Championship.

Fortnite prodigy Jaden ‘Wolfiez’ Ashman is already on their books in their competitive roster, who remains the youngest gamer to earn $1 million in esports.




Excel have now made history ahead of the new FIFA Esports season, signing the number one ranked professional FIFA player in the world for the past two years, Tom Leese from Hashtag United, becoming the first-ever professional FIFA player to command a significant transfer fee.

Neither party have disclosed the official transfer fee, but Sky Sports reported last year that Hashtag had received offers for Leese in the region of £50,000 to £100,000.

The British Esports org has also confirmed the signing of former FIFAe World Cup winner Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing, who actually had a short spell at Excel back in 2015, with the prestigious professional FIFA player, who is still only 24, having spells at FaZe Clan and STARK Esports before making his move back to Excel.

Not only have Excel now got two of the very best professional FIFA players signed up, but they’ve also built a structure around them to help them succeed.







Renowned FIFA ex-professional Nathan “Zelonius” Horton has also joined Excel as the team manager, with the esports org also having signed Tottenham Hotspur superstar Dele as an ambassador last year, who will help support Excel’s talent across a number of games, including FIFA.



Renowned FIFA ex-professional Nathan ‘Zelonius’ Horton has also joined Excel as the team manager, with the esports org also having signed Tottenham Hotspur superstar Dele as an ambassador last year, who will help support Excel’s talent across a number of games, including FIFA.

To mark the launch of Excel Esport’s new FIFA lineup, Mirror Football sat down with Dele Alli, Tom Leese, Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Spencer and Nathan ‘Zelonius’ Horton at Excel Esports’ HQ in London, to chat about their new star-studded lineup and what their hopes are for this season.

“I’m very excited,” Said Dele, Excel Esports’ Global Ambassador.

“I think it’s heading in the right direction. And it keeps growing. So it’s amazing, and I think the possibilities are endless.

“I’m happy to be a part of it.








“I’m very excited,” Said Dele, Excel Esports’ Global Ambassador.
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“Obviously, still early doors but just learning about much goes into it, obviously seen the new workspace today. Yeah, just getting to meet everyone and learning about gaming.

I knew it was big, but maybe not how I didn’t realise how big it was, and how, you know how much work goes into it.

Alli also talked about Excel’s new FIFA lineup, the signing of Tom Leese and how he can offer support during competition.

“Yeah, that’s amazing.

“Obviously, we’re really happy to have him here (Tom). I’ll always be here if he needs to talk. And if he wants, if there’s anything he needs to talk about.





“I’ve watched them (Tom and Spencer), I’ve watched them play and yeah, we put we played a couple of games today.

“That was more of a, you know, a joke and a laugh. I think there was any going easy on me, to be honest.

“No obviously, they’re really good.

“I’ll always be there for them to talk for their competitions, wherever. But when it comes to gaming, I think they can probably teach me more than I can teach them!”

Mirror Football then sat down with Tom Leese and Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Spencer to have a chat, whilst playing a game of FIFA 22 of course, with Tom talking about his whirlwind transfer to Excel and Spencer revealing his goals for the season.

“Yeah it’s been nuts, to be honest,” Said Tom Leese, professional FIFA player for Excel Esports.







Tom Leese, professional FIFA player for Excel Esports.



“FIFA has brought up a load of weird experiences for me but yeah, getting bought for real-life money is definitely not one that I would expect.

“Everyone wins really, I’m happy being here, Excel are happy with me being here, and then Hashtag win as well.

“It was a strange transfer, normally when transfers happen you normally get someone unhappy right.

“The team didn’t want to sell or the player didn’t want to go but in this regard, it’s been pretty clean and yeah I’m happy it’s helped Hashtag as well.

Tom also spoke about how he’s dealing with the added attention of being part of such a high-profile transfer, and if he feels any additional pressure.

“No, I’ll be honest, I can see why I would, right?

“Someone’s paid for you, it’s very new and doesn’t really happen.





“But I know what the expectations are here and it doesn’t make me any different to anyone else, just because I’ve been bought.

“If anything I see is at something to be proud of because it’s a broken barrier in FIFA Esports that we haven’t seen before.

“Hopefully it ignites the seed and we see more of this stuff happening now. I think, yeah, that’s where we can go.

“Yeah, I’m just proud of it. I don’t really feel the pressure of it.

“Me wanting to win doesn’t change whether I’ve been bought or not.





“I think the first aim I set myself is, somehow I’ve never played at a FIFAe World Cup, so I want to be at a FIFAe World Cup and winning it.

“I think 2v2 has a massive emphasis this year, I think it’s something that me and Spen (Spencer) are really motivated by.

“It’s something really new for both us and something we’re looking forward to.

“I think 1v1, the aim is to make the FIFAe World Cup and try and win it.

“2v2, the sky is the limit, it’s something brand new and I think me and Spen can do great things and try and win something.”

For Spencer, he’s rejoining Excel after a short period with the org five years ago and has set high expectations for his second spell at the team.







For Spencer, he’s rejoining Excel after a short period with the org five years ago and has set high expectations for his second spell at the team.



“2015 is when I first played under Excel, obviously a completely different team but I’m also in a completely different situation in my career in general,” Said Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Spencer, professional FIFA player for Excel Esports.

“It was a good fit for me, for me personally, it was all the support behind the scenes that I was looking for in my next move and Excel tick all the boxes.

“Tom as a teammate is okay!

“All jokes aside, Tom’s won tournaments in the past few years and I think a lot of people in the community see that me and him are a good duo.

“We need to put the time in and we will, but I’m really looking forward to it.

“For me, it’s a fresh start, for me the aim is to win now.




“To me, there are no excuses, I’ve got the right team, the right teammate.

“I can’t promise anything in terms of trophies, but what I can promise is that I’ll put the time in and the hard work into pursuing my best results.”

Headquartered in London, EXCEL ESPORTS is a British competitive gaming culture brand founded in 2014 by brothers Joel and Kieran Holmes-Darby. The organisation has competitive rosters across four game titles, Fortnite, VALORANT, and League of Legends and FIFA.

EXCEL is one of ten founding partners of the LEC, Europe’s most-watched esports league, and competes in the NLC, the Northern League of Legends Championship. EXCEL is also home to Fortnite prodigy Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman, the youngest gamer to earn $1 million in esports, it also has a multi-year collaboration with BT as the team’s Lead Partner.


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