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Liquid have completed the signing of Danish sensation Lasse Bækkelund from Danish club OB Odense. The player is Liquid's marquee signing of the summer and will aim to lift the cup on behalf of his team. The 21 year-old completed his medical this week after agreeing to personal terms with Team Liquid. The signing represents Liquid's first ever foray into FIFA, and the club's manager is optimistic about the upcoming season.
"Lasse is a fantastic talent, with incredible work ethic and I can't wait for him to compete as a Team Liquid player at FIWC," said Victor Goossens, co-CEO of Team Liquid. "The competitive FIFA landscape, until now, has been dominated by players backed by traditional soccer teams. We're one of the first esports franchises to enter this arena. I'm excited by the opportunity FIFA and the FIWC presents to engage both traditional soccer and esport communities and I'm looking forward to see Team Liquid make its mark in the space".
Bækkelund represents a significant coup for Liquid, as the player has been one of the most sought after youngsters in FIFA over the past few months. Just this April, he finished second at Copenhagen Games 2017 where he defeated former FIWC Champion and Danish legend Agge Rosenmeier in a thrilling 5-3 barnburner in the quarter finals. A narrow defeat in the grand finals kept him from glory, but it still affirmed his place near the summit of the Danish top flight.
He is currently placed 6th in the table of the Danish FIFA rankings, an impressive feat in a country that continues to produce some of the best players in the world. Bækkelund will hope to emulate former FIFA Interactive World Cup champions and countrymen Mohamed Al-Bacha and Agge Rosenmeier in this year's showpiece tournament.
"It's an amazing feeling to be the first FIFA player to compete for Team Liquid, particularly at such an exciting time as I head into the FIWC Europe Regional Final," said Lasse Bækkelund. "Joining Team Liquid will give me new opportunities, plus knowledge and support to help me grow and improve as a player. I can't wait to compete for a team that has a storied history in esports, and hope to add the first ever FIFA trophy to Team Liquid's list of achievements!"
The speedster has won plaudits for his counter-attacking style of play that often results in entertaining games. His high pressure system requires a high work rate and tactical discipline, two traits that help him thrive in FIFA's high tempo. With many Danish and regional titles to his name, Bækkelund's next step is to conquer the World Cup.
Bækkelund will make his debut for Liquid in the FIWC 2017 European Regional Final. The top 5 players from the event will advance to the FIWC Grand Final in London in late August and compete against the top 32 players in the world.