Sorare Bundesliga Draft Beta is a new game mode, but how does it work, and what are the best picks for gameweek 339? Read on to find out more.
Sorare Bundesliga Draft
How does it work?
You have a 400-point budget to select a squad of eight players based on their L15 average or the average score based on their last 15 games, which determines their price (you can learn more about the game in our beginner’s guide here). From your squad, you will select five players every week consisting of one player in each position and one extra outfield player of your choice. You can only choose two players from each club and swap a maximum of two players weekly for their original value to bring in fresh faces. The top 200 managers with the highest points will win tradeable limited cards every week.
Note: This is a Beta test for a few weeks, and you will lose all your drafted cards once the testing ends. Whether or not Sorare decides to keep this format permanently is yet to be seen.
Ideally, we would’ve preferred Christopher Nkunku as he is the top-scorer and probably the most consistent forward in the Bundesliga. Still, Musiala is a rising star and a safe bet for consistent returns in the upcoming weeks. Kramarić on the other hand has been on a decline but is still a reliable backup for the price and he has a decent set of games when the fixtures turn tricky for Musiala. I still believe Adli is the best budget forward at 35 gems, but he isn’t predicted to start, and his place in the starting XI isn’t always guaranteed, with so much attacking talent at the club.
Possible alternatives: Alassane Pléa (63 gems), Randal Kolo Muani (63 gems), Leroy Sané (61 gems), Timo Werner (58 gems), and Youssoufa Moukoko (46 gems).
This was the easiest part to select. Kimmich is a no-brainer because he is the best player in the Bundesliga by far, with an L40 average of 74.3, and even though Bellingham has been giving him tough competition, I expect his numbers to go down a bit with the return of Reus. Talking of Reus, he has been injured for a while and it has taken a toll on his average so he is available for a bargain at just 35 gems with a game against Augsburg. Just like him, Wirtz is another bargain at 35 gems and is an easy switch after the first gameweek as he faces Bochum.
Possible alternatives: Dominik Szoboszlai (63 gems), Vincenzo Grifo (59 gems), Jonas Hofmann (54 gems), Christoph Baumgartner (47 gems), and Jesper Lindstrøm (44 gems).
Picking defenders is tricky since the Bundesliga does not have many standout performers but we are going with Evan Ndicka for one gameweek against bottom-of-the-table Schalke, who have scored the least goals, and Jeremie Frimpong, who has a high ceiling with five goals and two assists in just 15 games as a wing-back.
Possible alternatives: Mats Hummels (58 gems), Joško Gvardiol (57 gems), Paulo Otávio (55 gems), Mathias Ginter (54 gems), and Matthijs de Ligt (51 gems).
Sorare is yet to change Sommer’s club after his transfer to Bayern, and we are happy to jump on the wagon with his easy set of fixtures and high cleansheet probability, and saves potential in most games. Schwolow plays for Schalke, but he is cheap and slowly gaining form with his ability to rack up saves.
Possible alternatives: Gregor Kobel (50 gems), Mark Flekken (48 gems), and Janis Blaswich (48 gems).
Sorare Bundesliga Draft Tipster XI
The plan is to transfer out Reus for Wirtz and Ndicka for a Leipzig or Dortmund defender if possible. If you can’t get Sommer in your team after his club has been changed, you can get Kobel for your second Dortmund spot or Flekken who has the most cleansheets in the Bundesliga so far. And with the money saved, you can upgrade Ndicka to Hummels after the first gameweek.
The expected XI for MD17. You can swap Frimpong or Wirtz in the starting XI for a Leipzig player like Raum based on who you think scores more.
Sorare Bundesliga Draft Budget Gems
Jonas Wind (39 gems) – Other than Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg is the most in-form team in the league and are unbeaten in their last 11 games. Wind has had a slow start to the season but had seven goal involvements in 14 matches last season, so he is fairly capable.
Sébastien Haller (35 gems) – Dortmund’s star signing of the summer, he had to beat cancer before he could debut for the club but once fully fit, it will take no time to settle for the former Eintracht Frankfurt forward who scored 15 goals and assisted nine in 29 matches in his last stint in the Bundesliga.
Jordan Siebatcheu (40 gems) – Union are stuck in a downward spiral, and Siebatcheu has struggled to find the net after his stellar form at the start of the season, but 6/8 games against teams in the bottom half of the table next might just be what they need to bounce back.
Jesper Lindstrøm (44 gems) – His price is a bit puzzling, considering that he has six goals in 14 games this season and plays against Schalke.
Felix Nmecha (43 gems) – He is flying under the radar despite a possible breakout season, but there will surely be some takers for him with an L5 average of 66 and five decisive in his last five matches.
Dani Olmo (42 gems) – A bit inconsistent but always a good bet against weaker teams such as Schalke and Stuttgart who Leipzig face after their opening game against Bayern Munich.
Florian Wirtz (35 gems) – He needs no introduction. Wirtz was one of the top-scoring U-23 players before his injury, and it shouldn’t take long till he is back among the numbers again.
Marcel Halstenberg (39 gems) – Best to have a backup since he faces Bayern Munich first up but plays against Schalke and Stuttgart after that.
Piero Hincapié (39 gems) – Leverkusen’s form is on the up under Xabi Alonso, and it is only time till their defence improves.
Hrvoje Smolčić (35 gems) – The cheapest defender expected to start in MD16 along with Jeff Chabot (Koln), Saidy Janko (Bochum), and Keven Schlotterbeck (Bochum).
Kevin Trapp (42 gems) – The best budget keeper that plays for a decent team that can keep cleansheets.
Alexander Schwolow (37 gems) – The cheapest nailed starting keeper.
Finn Dahmen (35 gems) – Since Zentner is still a doubt against Stuttgart, he could sneak a game in.
You can find additional Bundesliga Fantasy resources for the 22/23 season here.
With the new Bundesliga season on Sorare now less than 56 days away, we look at the goalkeeper situation at each club: who will be the undisputed #1, the new first-choice players between the sticks and undervalued gems that could breakout or get game-time throughout the season. We will cover all teams in this list, including the newly promoted and relegated ones, according to their finish in the league table.
Goalkeepers are worth their weight in gold on Sorare because while each team has multiple forwards, midfielders and defenders that start in each game, there is only one shot-stopper they can choose. This makes finding a starting keeper on a budget much more rewarding which is why flipping backup keepers when the first choice loses their spot or is absent due to injury or other reasons can be so profitable. If you prefer holding a second-choice keeper in hopes that you get a future first-choice keeper for your fantasy football team on a budget, then that isn’t a bad idea either.
Read on to find out more about the goalkeepers for each Bundesliga team this upcoming season. It is worth noting that the transfer window hasn’t opened yet, and anything could happen before the season starts, so nothing is fixed. If you haven’t signed up on Sorare yet, use our referral link to create an account and receive a free tier 2 card when you buy five cards from the auction (limited period offer).
Note: This is just our opinion, and it is important that you also do your own research before zeroing in on any player in this article.
🔄 League appearances: Manuel Neuer (28), Sven Ulreich (6), Christian Früchtl (1)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Manuel Neuer (71.9%), Sven Ulreich (56.5%), Christian Früchtl (0%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 11 (1st)
⚽ Goals conceded: 37 (1st)
✅ Penalties saved: Manuel Neuer (0/1), Sven Ulreich (0/1)
Manuel Neuer did not have his best season by any means, even if the number of cleansheets and the fact that he kept the most of them say otherwise. And if there was any rumor that he would retire or move away because of the club’s initial reluctance to meet his wage demands, it was quashed when he signed a new one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2024. Neuer wasn’t the only one to sign a contract extension. His deputy for a short period when he was injured, Sven Ulreich, also signed a contract extension until 2023. There is no doubt that the same hierarchy will follow in the 22/23 season, but as Neuer turns 36, the injury concerns grow stronger.
Christian Früchtl is the third choice but the fact that he featured only in the last match of the season for the final nine minutes summarizes his stint at the club that has been a combination of bad luck and mishandling. With his contract expiring in 2023, the club decided to sell him to Austria Vienna, where he could be the #1 following Patrick Pentz’s contract expiring this summer. Ron-Thorben Hoffmann has also been sold to third division side Eintracht Braunschweig (Source: Bild).
Also in the mix is Alexander Nübel, currently in the final year of his two-year loan to AS Monaco in France. He had a similar start to his Bayern career to Früchtl, starting only one game in his first season at the club as he played second fiddle to Neuer but was excellent last season, keeping 11 cleansheets in 38 Ligue 1 games and finishing third among all keepers for save percentage. Unless something happens to Neuer that keeps him out long-term, Nübel is expected to complete his loan and possibly replace Neuer in 2023 or 2024.
Update: Third-choice Christian Früchtl has joined Austria Vienna and Bayern have a buyback clause in his contract. Ron-Thorben Hoffmann has also joined Eintracht Braunschweig on a contract till 2024.
🔄 League appearances: Gregor Kobel (29), Marvin Hitz (5), Roman Bürki (1)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Gregor Kobel (65.7%), Marvin Hitz (56.5), Roman Bürki (0)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 7 (10th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 52 (8th)
✅ Penalties saved: Gregor Kobel (0/3), Marvin Hitz (0/2), Roman Bürki (0/1)
Borussia Dortmund had their worst season defensively in over nine years, and first-choice goalkeeper Gregor Kobel was underwhelming, to say the least, so it only made sense that the club signed veteran Alexander Meyer who is coming off the back of seven cleansheets from 30 games in the 2. Bundesliga for Jahn Regensburg. He is set to compete with Kobel throughout the season, with another new signing Marcel Lotka from Hertha Berlin, expected to be the third choice behind him.
BVB lost two keepers this window, with former first choice Roman Bürki joining new MLS side St. Louis City for their inaugural season in the American first division and backup Marwin Hitz joining FC Basel in his home country Switzerland on a free at the end of his contract. Hitz is expected to be the #1 keeper this time, with Heinz Lindner also returning to his home country Austria to sign for Austria Vienna in the coming weeks (Source: nau.ch).
🔄 League appearances: Lukáš Hrádecký (32), Lennart Grill (1), Andrey Lunev (1)
Bayer Leverkusen are building one of the most exciting and talented young squads in the world, but when it comes to keepers, the club is content with all the players that they have, with new additions looking unlikely. For a period of time, it felt like club captain Lukáš Hrádecký would be sold despite having the best season of his career, but he is expected to continue as the undisputed #1 with a new contract extension on the horizon.
Andrey Lunev will be his backup again but probably won’t get much game time. Third-choice Lennart Grill was relegated in his last loan spell with Brann FK in Norway, and the club might try to loan him out again or sell him as he searches for more consistent minutes. He is linked with Union Berlin as a possible backup for Rønnow.
Update: Third-choice Lennart Grill has been signed on a one-year loan with an option to purchase by Union Berlin.
🔄 League appearances: Péter Gulácsi (32), Josep Martínez (1), Philipp Tschauner (1)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Péter Gulácsi (71%), Josep Martínez (25%), Philipp Tschauner (0)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 10 (3rd)
⚽ Goals conceded: 37 (1st)
✅ Penalties saved: Péter Gulácsi (0/3)
Leipzig have the most interesting goalkeeper situation in the Bundesliga. #1 Péter Gulácsi remains as consistent as ever, and there is no reason why the club should worry about his immediate future. They did, however, sign the youngest goalkeeper to ever play in the Champions League, Maarten Vandevoordt, from Genk. The only catch is that he will sign when his contract with the Belgian club expires two years later in 2024, after which he will rival and eventually replace Gulácsi, whose contract expires in 2025. Talk about making an early move.
While on the front, it is relatively quiet, RB Leipzig are shuffling all their backup keepers with the duo of Josep Martínez and Philipp Tschauner leaving the club this summer. The club is willing to sell second-choice Martínez, with the goalkeeper aiming for a move to the LaLiga in his home country Spain (Source: Ligainsider). He will be replaced by new signing Janis Blaswich who has joined from Heracles Almelo. On the other hand, Tschauner has decided to retire after an 18-year professional career and will be replaced by U19 keeper Jonas Nickisch as the third choice.
Update: Backup keeper Josep Martínez has joined relegated Serie B side CFC Genoa on a year-long loan.
FC Union Berlin
🔄 League appearances: Andreas Luthe (27), Frederik Rønnow (7)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Andreas Luthe (64.8%), Frederik Rønnow (72.7%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 8 (7th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 44 (3rd)
✅ Penalties saved: Andreas Luthe (0/2)
After a poor season for 35-year-old Andreas Luthe, who struggled with injuries throughout the season and his transfer to Kaiserslautern in the second division, which was confirmed just a few minutes ago (Source: Bulinews), it is almost confirmed that Frederik Rønnow will be the first choice between the sticks for the reinforced backline with Doekhi and van Drongelen joining the club.
The club will sign a new competitor for Rønnow, and one name that has come up is Bayer Leverkusen’s Lennart Grill. Another possible candidate is Austria Vienna’s Patrick Pentz, who is available on a free transfer this summer (Source: bz-berlin). Rønnow is also expected to be Kasper Schmeichel’s backup for Denmark in the upcoming 2022 World Cup.
Update: U-23 goalkeeper Lennart Mosser who was on loan at SK Austria Klagenfurt, was recently pictured on trial at K.A.S. Eupen in Belgium. The club has also signed Lennart Grill as a backup for Rønnow.
🔄 League appearances: Mark Flekken (32), Benjamin Uphoff (2)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Mark Flekken (73.6%), Benjamin Uphoff (41.7%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 10 (3rd)
⚽ Goals conceded: 46 (5th)
✅ Penalties saved: Mark Flekken (0/2)
After working his way up from the German third division, Mark Flekken had to wait for another three years to become Freiburg’s #1, and when he finally got a chance, he proved he is one of the best keepers in the Bundesliga. He led the league for shot save percentage (73.6%), was integral to the club’s push for European football and also played an essential role in improving the club’s defence from one of the league’s worst to one of the best defences in the league along with Nico Schlotterbeck. His good performances have even earned him a call-up to the Dutch national team, where he will have to prove himself against Cillesen to be the first choice between the sticks in the World Cup.
Flekken will be one of the first names on the teamsheet for Freiburg next season unless Ajax, who are desperately in need of a goalkeeper, convince him to move away (Source: Bulinews). If he leaves, that will be a double blow for the Breisgau Brazilians as Nico Schlotterbeck has also left the club to join BVB, although Ginter is an excellent replacement. One person who might benefit from Flekken’s departure might be Benjamin Uphoff, who hasn’t played much for the club but has plenty of experience playing for Karlsruher SC. There is also the option of Noah Atubolu, who has just been promoted from the youth to the first team and will likely be the third choice. The most likely option, however, still remains that the club signs a new keeper, but there are no rumors on the same yet.
🔄 League appearances: Marvin Schwäbe (21), Timo Horn (13)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Marvin Schwäbe (70.8%), Timo Horn (61.8%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 4 (18th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 49 (7th)
✅ Penalties saved: Marvin Schwäbe (1/1)
When fan-favorite Timo Horn lost his starting spot to Marvin Schwäbe after almost 10 years due to a string of bad performances, it is safe to say that the news didn’t go well with some of the club’s fans. But after Schwäbe’s good performances, especially at the end of the season, fans will be content with him keeping the #1 spot for now. This is the most competitive battle among goalkeepers in the league, and Horn will be waiting for Schwäbe’s form to drop and possibly some pressure from the fans to win his place back in the starting XI, which seems unlikely as it stands.
There might be some possible rotation with the club qualifying for the Europa Conference League, but that is yet to be seen with some rumors coming up that the club might want to sell Horn, whose contract expires in 2023, due to his high wage bill (Source: Bild).
FSV Mainz 05
🔄 League appearances: Robin Zentner (32), Finn Dahmen (1)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Robin Zentner (67%), Finn Dahmen (50%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 10 (3rd)
⚽ Goals conceded: 45 (4th)
✅ Penalties saved: Robin Zentner (1/5), Finn Dahmen (0/1)
Robin Zentner wasn’t at his best for Mainz last season, but the club isn’t looking to switch it up for the 22/23 season and might even offer him a contract extension soon. That is bad news for Finn Dahmen, who has been waiting for his chance on the sidelines, and it is highly likely that he leaves the club on loan this season (Source: Kicker). One of the teams interested in signing him is Schalke, but there are other contenders ahead of him in the race as it stands (Source: Tag24).
🔄 League appearances: Oliver Baumann (32), Phillip Pentke (1)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Oliver Baumann (64.3%), Phillip Pentke (57.1%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 8 (7th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 60 (15th)
✅ Penalties saved: Oliver Baumann (1/4)
OliverBaumann is one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the league and pretty much a club legend, so Hoffenheim were more than happy to offer him a contract extension till 2024. That being said, the club might want to focus on signing new defenders after conceding 60 goals and possibly losing Florian Grillitsch and David Raum. Second-choice Phillip Pentke spent a large part of last season with the second team, so Germany’s U-21 international Luca Philipp can be expected to be second in line next season.
🔄 League appearances: Yann Sommer (33), Tobias Sippel (1)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Yann Sommer (67.4%), Tobias Sippel (66.7%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 5 (16th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 61 (16th)
✅ Penalties saved: Yann Sommer (2/5)
Yann Sommer, Borussia and Switzerland’s #1, has been one of the league’s best keepers over the last few years. While rumors from talkSport link him to Wolves and Newcastle in the Premier League, there isn’t anything concrete yet. However, his backup, Tobias Sippel, is very likely to leave the club. He was supposed to return to 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the second division, where he started his career before his move was hijacked by Luthe, also a former Kaiserslautern player. If he leaves, Borussia might look to sign a new backup or promote Moritz Nicolas, who just returned from loan with Viktoria Köln in the 3. Liga, and signed a contract extension till 2026.
🔄 League appearances: Kevin Trapp (32), Diant Ramaj (1), Jens Grahl (1)
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Kevin Trapp had one of the most successful seasons of his career in 21/22. He was one of the standout German keepers in the Bundesliga, which earned him a call-up to the NT and possibly a spot in the World Cup, and he finished the season as the Europa League champion, so he will be excited at the prospect of playing Champions League football again next season.
Arguably the club’s brightest goalkeeping prospect, Diant Ramaj, has signed a contract extension that extends his stay from 2024 to 2027, so the club clearly has plans for him in the long term, and the German U20 national is expected to be the first place eventually someday. But since he is recovering from an injury that has kept him out for months, it is difficult to say whether he will be loaned out or not. If Ramaj doesn’t leave the club, he will be the second choice behind Trapp, with Jens Grahl supporting him as the third choice.
🔄 League appearances: Koen Casteels (28), Pavao Pervan (6)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Koen Casteels (66.7%), Pavao Pervan (63.9%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 11 (1st)
⚽ Goals conceded: 54 (12th)
✅ Penalties saved: Koen Casteels (2/6), Pavao Pervan (0/1)
Wolfsburg had an incredibly disappointing season going from being a Champions League team to relegation contenders in just one year but with former Bayern coach Niko Kovač taking over the reins at the Volkswagen Arena, there is a strong sense of optimism heading into the new season. Surprisingly, the team managed to keep the most cleansheets in the league (tied with Bayern) despite conceding 54 goals, and they have Koen Casteels to thank for that. He is one of the league’s most underrated keepers and will continue to be the main man between the sticks for Wolfsburg.
Second-choice Pavao Pervan isn’t that bad either and is worth a shout if you want a backup keeper on Sorare that will start a few games throughout the season. He has started in 6,2,8, and 9 games over the last four seasons, so it seems almost guaranteed that he will start at least a couple of games next season.
🔄 League appearances: Manuel Riemann (31), Michael Esser (3)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Manuel Riemann (71.8%), Michael Esser (72.2%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 7 (10th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 52 (10th)
✅ Penalties saved: Manuel Riemann (2/6), Michael Esser (0/2)
Few expected newly-promoted Bochum to survive after losing star player Robert Zulj for just $400K. They struggled to score goals throughout the season, but the defence, especially Manuel Riemann, stepped up massively to help them avoid relegation. He is the club’s best player and was even rewarded with a contract extension till 2025 with a big pay raise, so there is no threat to his place in the starting XI next season.
His backup will be Michael Esser, who is probably the most affordable backup keeper from the Bundesliga on Sorare. Esser’s limited card costs just €5.07 or 0.0040 ETH, and his rare card has a value of €51.76 or 0.0308 ETH right now, so he could be a great bargain if you want a backup keeper for your limited or threshold teams. It is worth noting that his contract expires in next year.
🔄 League appearances: Rafał Gikiewicz (34)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Rafał Gikiewicz (66.4%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 9 (6th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 56 (15th)
✅ Penalties saved: Rafał Gikiewicz (0/5)
The goalkeeper situation at Augsburg is a bit complex. First-choice goalkeeper Rafał Gikiewicz started in every single Bundesliga game last season and was heavily backed by head coach Markus Weinzierl, who decided to step down this summer. He is expected to be the #1 for next season, but any change depends on the new coach Enrico Maaßen who joins from BVB II. Gikiewicz is also the cheapest starting Bundesliga keeper you can buy right now. It costs €42.84 or 0.0357 ETH for his limited card and €541 or 0.4366 ETH for his rare.
However, him getting all the game time puts pressure on the club to do something about Tomáš Koubek. He is the club’s third most expensive signing at €8M but hasn’t played a single game since June 2020-the 34th matchday of the season. His contract runs till 2024, and the club will want to do something about his high salary. There are rumors that he could be sent on loan, and as recently as a few weeks ago, there were reports that RC Lens in Ligue 1 are interested in securing his services as they desperately search for a new keeper. As it stands, it is more likely that Nottingham Forests’ Brice Samba will join up with his former goalkeeping coach at Caen, Hervé Sekli, at Lens (Source: GFFN). Augsburg have also been linked with Rakow goalkeeper Vladan Kovacevic (Source: The Herald Scotland).
🔄 League appearances: Florian Müller (30), Fabian Bredlow (4)
The goalkeeper situation at Stuttgart is more straightforward than most clubs. Die Schwaben are content with both the first choice Florian Müller and backup Fabian Bredlow, and they will keep giving each other a tough competition next season. After a season full of injuries, the defence is expected to improve, with many key players returning for a start. Of course, that also depends on whether Mavropanos and Sosa get a big move this summer.
🔄 League appearances: Alexander Schwolow (24), Marcel Lotka (10), Oliver Christensen (2, relegation playoff)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Alexander Schwolow (61.7%), Marcel Lotka (61.4%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 6 (6th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 71 (17th)
✅ Penalties saved: Alexander Schwolow (0/5), Marcel Lotka (0/3)
After two disappointing years at the big city club for #1 Alexander Schwolow, Hertha are looking to cut their losses with Schalke interested in loaning him with an option to purchase. Marcel Lotka has also left the club to fight for a spot at Borussia Dortmund, paving the way for Denmark U-21 national Oliver Christensen to become the first choice for next season, though it isn’t confirmed as the club is still linked with Stefan Ortega and Timo Horn (Source: Ligainsider).
Christensen was as cheap as €25 (limited) and €225 (rare) when Hertha were 1-0 down on aggregate after the first leg of the relegation playoff, but his price has skyrocketed since then and rightly so. As for his backup, it is yet to be seen who it could be. Rune Jarstein is still at the club and has a contract till 2023.
Update: Hertha are about to sign Tjark Ernst from Bochum but reports say that he is being considered for the U-23 side for now.
Second update: Hertha have signed Tjark Ernst and he will be playing for the U-23 side. The club also handed 17-year-old Robert Kwasigroch his first professional contract and he will be competing with Ernst for the U-23s. It is also expected that Hertha terminate club legend Rune Jarstein‘s contract before the season begins (Source: Ligainsider/Kicker).
Promoted Bundesliga Teams
🔄 League appearances: Martin Fraisl (26), Ralf Fährmann (6), Michael Langer (2)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Martin Fraisl (67.7%), Ralf Fährmann (69%), Michael Langer (62.5%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 10 (4th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 44 (4th)
✅ Penalties saved: Martin Fraisl (0/1), Michael Langer (1/1)
Club legend Ralf Fährmann was replaced by Martin Fraisl after a string of disappointing performances and might not keep his spot ahead of next season with the club interested in Ortega and Schwolow. The latter seems more likely to join (Source: Bulinews). Despite an impressive season, Fraisl wasn’t offered a contract by Schalke and has been linked with Norwich as well as Rangers, with The Gers looking to replace 40-year-old Allan McGregor (Source: Spox). Third choice Michael Langer has also signed a contract extension for another year and will continue as a backup in the Bundesliga next season.
Update: Schalke have signed Alexander Schwolow on loan for next season without a purchase option.
🔄 League appearances: Jiri Pavlenka (23), Michael Zetterer (11)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Jiri Pavlenka (73.6%), Michael Zetterer (61.9%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 9 (5th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 43 (3rd)
✅ Penalties saved: Jiri Pavlenka (1/3), Michael Zetterer (0/1)
Michael Zetterer was the go-to keeper at the start of the season but despite losing his spot to Jiri Pavlenka after 11 games, seems content to be his backup again in the Bundesliga next season. Pavlenka is even expected to sign a contract extension with Werder Bremen soon and the club will be pretty happy with their defence after signing Pieper and Stark with top-flight experience and also signing star defender Veljković to a contract extension.
Relegated Bundesliga Teams
🔄 League appearances: Stefan Ortega (33), Stefanos Kapino (1)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Stefan Ortega (73.3%), Stefanos Kapino (100%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 7 (10th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 53 (8th)
✅ Penalties saved: Stefan Ortega (0/7)
Arminia were in a good position to avoid relegation for most of the season, but a bad run of form where they went winless for 11 games meant they missed out on a playoff spot and were automatically relegated. Their best player and first-choice goalkeeper, Stefan Ortega, has been linked with a move away ever since his first season in the Bundesliga, when he was instrumental in keeping the club up.
Now that the team has finally been relegated, Ortega is almost guaranteed to leave the club. He was first linked with Bayern, PSV, Union Berlin, Augsburg and Bayer Leverkusen, but those rumours have died down. Hertha is one of the teams currently interested in him, but it looks like newly promoted Schalke are the most likely team to sign him for the upcoming season if he doesn’t extend his contract (Source: Bulinews). In his place, Stefanos Kapino will finally be the go-to player between the sticks for The Blues in the second division, which isn’t covered on Sorare.
🔄 League appearances: Sascha Burchert (14), Andreas Linde (12), Marius Funk (8)
🧤 Shot saved percentage: Sascha Burchert (63.8%), Andreas Linde (62.3%), Marius Funk (46.2%)
⛔ Club cleansheets: 6 (13th)
⚽ Goals conceded: 82 (18th)
✅ Penalties saved: Sascha Burchert (0/3), Andreas Linde (0/1), Marius Funk (0/2)
Fürth had by far the worst defence in the league and even a late improvement towards the end of the season saw them finish with 82 goals conceded which was almost as bad as Schalke in 20/21 (86). The club also had a bit of a merry-go-round with keepers as first-choice Sascha Burchert had a long-term injury, followed by his backup Marius Funk suffering a long-term injury himself, forcing the club to sign Andreas Linde who solidified his position as the #1. Funk has already left the club to join Ingolstadt in the third division, and the club wants Linde to be their starting keeper in the 2. Bundesliga. It depends on whether Linde leaves the club, in which case the club will offer a contract extension to Burchert (Source: Fussball Transfers/Kicker).
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Are you ready to discover Sorare with our beginner’s guide? Sorare is a new way to play fantasy football with NFTs of players from your favourite teams to compete for real prizes. We believe it offers the best of both worlds – the high stakes of traditional fantasy football and the collectibility, engagement, and community offered by blockchain. If you are interested in the future of fantasy football, this beginner’s guide will help you get started.
What Is Sorare?
Sorare is a fantasy soccer blockchain game where users collect and trade football player cards to compete in weekly tournaments for prizes. It’s like FIFA with blockchain technology, but it is much more fun. Sorare allows users to collect and trade football player cards from real-world competitions like the Premier League and La Liga. Once users have their squad of players, they can select five players from their collection to compete in weekly competitions against other teams on the platform. The winners are rewarded in cryptocurrency and/or NFTs (more on this later).
One of the coolest aspects of Sorare is that every card is unique; it’s like owning a Honus Wagner baseball card…but better! And unlike traditional trading cards, when you win a player in Sorare you own them forever. The value comes from the fact that each card has a fixed supply and some players are rarer than others. Therefore, as demand increases, so does the price of that player’s cards!
So how do you get started with Sorare? You’ve come to the right place! We’ll give you all the information and tips you need before jumping into this exciting game.
Once you create an account on Sorare, you can select your favourite club, after which you will receive a pack of common (untradeable) cards. The pack will include a mix of players from your favourite club and other random players. Common cards can be used to enter the free-to-play casual league, and you can also use one player to complete your S05 teams in rare leagues until August 2022, when common cards will be ineligible in rare leagues.
Suppose you don’t mind selecting players from other than your favourite club. In that case, we recommend choosing a club from teams with many high-scoring players, such as PSG, Bayern, Liverpool, Real Madrid, River Plate, or Ajax, so you have a better chance of getting the best common cards.
Tip: You can use our referral link to create an account, and you will receive a free tradeable limited scarcity card worth a random value when you buy five cards from the auction.
How Sorare Works
Sorare players participate with their NFTs in fantasy football leagues and collect prizes based on their game results. That’s the gist of it, but you can play Sorare in several ways to maximise your success and fun. Here are some general rules and tips you should consider when getting started:
Each user picks five players per week to compete with other users’ squads.
Your squad is made up of players from all over the world playing games in real life. The cards represent those actual players who may be great or terrible at any given time. So you’ll want to research who’s playing well and where before you start collecting those cards!
Yes, you can trade the NFTs on the open market for whatever price someone else wants to pay for them. If you aren’t sure what a player’s price should be, we recommend looking it up on soraredata.
Other than common, four different scarcities of cards are available with a limited number of cards minted per player per season. They are: Limited (1000 cards per season), Rare (100 cards), Super Rare (10 cards), and Unique (1 card). As evident, cards that are more scarce have higher values.
You can also withdraw your crypto earnings to your wallet and convert them into FIAT by selling them on an exchange.
Tip: Instead of buying ETH from an exchange to add it to your Sorare wallet, you can bypass the transaction/gas fees by directly bidding on cards in FIAT via your credit/debit card.
Just as there are cards of different scarcities, there are different divisions and tournaments that you can enter with each type of card, too. Therefore, it is important to know which leagues suit your collection the best before entering a tournament. These are the Sorare tournaments available right now:
Casual league – This is a free-to-play tournament where only common cards are eligible. The top three managers are awarded a limited card.
All-Star – There are no restrictions on the leagues. You can enter any player from any club and league from your collection. It is also the most competitive tournament.
Under 23 – Same as All-Star, but the only restriction is that players must meet the U-23 criteria.
Champion Europe – Only players from the top five leagues (Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, and Ligue 1) can participate in this tournament.
Challenger Europe – Players from European teams that aren’t in the top five leagues, such as the Eredivisie, Scottish Premiership, and the Primeira Liga, among others are allowed in this tournament.
America – This tournament is limited to players who ply their trade in the Americas, from MLS in the north to the Campeonato Chileno in the south and all the other leagues covered in between.
Goalkeeper Special Weekly – This special league requires five players (4 limited+1 common) with an average of 55 or below in the last 15 games. The common players receive zero points, and the top 100 managers at the end of the gameweek receive a goalkeeper as a prize.
Specialist League – Managers have to enter a minimum of two players with an average of L15 average of 40 or below, a maximum of one player with an L15 average of 60 or above with a maximum of two players from the same team. There is no captain for this tournament.
Underdog League – Only players with an L15 average of 50 or below are eligible for this league.
Legends League – A minimum of three legend cards are required to compete in this league.
Training – If you haven’t entered your players in any of the leagues above, you can train them to increase their levels and XP.
The Rare All-Star is the most unique tournament because, unlike other leagues, it has a system of threshold scores. If your team scores between 205-250 points, you receive ETH worth $25 as a prize. If your team scores above 250 points, you will receive ETH worth $50. The rewards are pegged to the dollar, so you can earn more or less ETH depending on the value. So there is an opportunity to earn crypto every week from the thresholds, and if your team does well, you could even win a prize!
Since Limited tournaments are incredibly competitive and tier 3 limited prizes aren’t worth much, many Sorare managers choose to invest in rare teams instead as they can get better and more consistent returns. However, assembling a decent rare squad is much more expensive than it is for a limited team due to the scarcity and higher prices of cards.
The rules for leagues in every division
5 Limited cards
At least 4 Rare cards + 1 Common card
At least 3 Super Rare cards + maximum of 1 Rare and/or 1 Unique card
Minimum 3 Unique cards + maximum of 2 Super Rare cards
At least 3 Rare cards + a maximum of 2 Super Rare cards
Super Rare card
It is worth noting that common cards used in rare leagues will receive a 50% XP penalty. For example, if you have a common keeper with a 10% XP bonus, he will receive a -40% XP scarcity penalty.
Tip: The training arena might not seem like much, but higher XP gives your players a better bonus when you enter them in prize leagues and could be the deciding factor between different tiers of prizes, a podium finish, or reaching a threshold score. Players with higher XP also sell faster than the same players with lower XP. For example, if there are two cards of the same player at the same price, but one card has 8% XP, and the other one has 5% XP, any buyer would prefer the one with the higher XP. Cards also lose some XP when traded, and you can view the non-tradeable XP of an NFT by clicking or hovering your mouse over a card’s XP.
Within just four years, Sorare has managed to onboard 43 leagues from the J1 League in Asia to the Argentine Primera División in South America and 248 clubs in between. If you own a player that plays in any league covered by Opta’s data platform, he is eligible for scoring. However, if you have a player that moves from a covered league, for example, Premier League, to an uncovered league such as the 2. Bundesliga, he won’t be eligible for scoring. There are also partially eligible players like Shakhtar Donetsk players who aren’t eligible for domestic games but European ones.
Check out this website for the full list of leagues and clubs covered by the platform. Sorare is constantly in the process of onboarding new leagues and clubs with the Campeonato Chileno being the latest introduction to the game and many more are expected to be added soon. In addition, the platform is even in contention for the Premier League NFT gaming rights, and we will receive an update on the same soon. But for now, Sorare has decided to focus on adding a new sport to the platform with MLB, which will be launching in the summer of 2022.
Sorare Scoring Rules (SO5)
The scores of players on Sorare for each game are directly based on their real-life performances. This includes a combination of a Decisive Score (DS), All-Around Score (AA), and the XP bonus that a card has, plus a captain’s 20% XP boost if applicable. The lowest score possible by a player is 0, while the maximum score is capped at 100 points.
Note: Cards from the current season have a 5% season XP boost, but older cards lose that bonus once new cards are minted for the next season. However, they still keep their training bonus.
What Is a Decisive Score on Sorare?
A decisive score is based on any event that directly impacts a game. This includes goals, assists, red cards, own goals, an error that led to a goal, last-man tackles, goal-line clearances, penalties conceded, and penalties saved. A decisive score is also awarded for when a player starts (35 points) and when he comes off the bench (25). Cleansheets, however, are a part of an all-around score for 10 points and are not considered as decisive for defenders. Goalkeepers get a decisive for keeping a cleansheet.
The decisive scores are awarded based on levels, with each positive action increasing the player level and vice versa for a negative action. A player starts at level 0, and their score cannot be lower than the minimum guaranteed at their level, regardless of the all-around score. This is what the levels for each decisive action look like:
Level for each additional decisive
For example: A player with two goals, one assist, and a red card will end up on level 2 (70 points). Similarly, a player involved in an error that leads to a goal will be on level -1.
What Is an All-Around Score on Sorare?
An all-around score is based on performance metrics during a game that isn’t considered as decisive but is just as valuable when evaluating a player’s overall impact on a game. This includes actions such as big chances missed, shots on target, shots saved, clearances, etc., and is divided into general, goalkeeping/defence, possession, and attack. There is no cap on the AA score of a player; it can range anywhere from negative digits to over 100, although a player can’t score above 100. It is a bit more challenging to track and is determined by the following grid:
Error leads to shot
Big chance created
Accurate final third pass
Accurate long balls
Long Pass Into Opposition
Shot on target
Penalty area entries
Penalty kick missed
Big chance missed
Saved shot from inside the box
Good high claim
Cross not claimed
Six second violation
If that hasn’t overwhelmed you yet, defenders can also earn additional bonus points based on their defensive contributions, such as interceptions, won tackles, and net duels. The bonus can be divided into three categories:
Double-Double (4 points): At least two each from two of the three relevant categories (e.g. two interceptions, two tackles, but fewer than two net duels).
Triple-Double (6 points): At least two each from all three categories (e.g. three interceptions, two tackles, three net duels).
Triple-Triple (12 points): At least three each from all three categories (e.g. three interceptions, four tackles, three net duels.
If one of your players has two games in the same gameweek (e.g. one club game + one International game, or two club games), only one will count by counted Sorare. These are some of the rules in case a player has a double gameweek:
If a player is in the lineup for the first game, even if he remains on the bench and does not play, this appearance will count toward Sorare scoring.
If the player is not in the lineup for the first game but he is in the lineup for the second game, their appearance in the second game will count toward Sorare scoring.
Only the first game will count if the player is in the lineup for both games.
Tip: Players that are good at generating a high AA score tend to have the highest floors in the game and are perfect if you want to build a threshold grinding team for the All-Star Rare league.
Sorare NFT Scarcities
Each card on the platform is a non-fungible token (NFT), meaning that there is a limited supply of cards, and it can’t be duplicated. Unlike most NFTs available on the market today, the NFTs on Sorare have applications as you can enter them in tournaments and win prizes. Other than common cards, Sorare mints 1-1000 cards of a player each season according to the scarcity, and while it might seem like a lot, it is reported that over 127K+ users own at least one card on Sorare (Source: soraredata). That number will increase as more clubs and leagues are onboarded on the game.
These cards are only in a digital format, not physical, but you are the exclusive owner of each card. You can use it to enter tournaments and win rewards in the form of ETH tokens, NFT cards, or a mix of both if you finish on the podium, win a card, or cross the threshold in the All-Star Rare league. The Sorare economy ensures that cards with a higher scarcity demand a higher price but the tournament structure also means that you can compete for bigger and better prizes if you have a Unique or Super Rare card over Common or Limited.
The cheapest limited cards sell for below €1, which is for a good reason since they don’t offer much utility-wise. On the other hand, Unique cards can easily fetch a few thousand euros. For example, the most expensive card to ever be sold on Sorare was a 2021-22 Erling Haaland card for 265 ETH or €609K. It might seem outrageous, but considering how dominant Haaland is, the owner of his unique card is in a solid position to finish 1st in Unique tournaments and win over 1 ETH in just crypto every gameweek. Of course, that is without counting the tier 0 card they could win. And considering the skyrocketing userbase of Sorare, it wouldn’t be a surprise if that record is broken soon.
The number of mints for each scarcity:
Common – Unlimited
Limited – 1000 per season
Rare – 100 per season
Super Rare – 10 per season
Unique – 1 per season
Each card has its serial number with #1 mints having a higher value than the same cards with different numbers, just like collectable Topps and Panini cards. Sorare also releases collectable cards occasionally, such as the player of the season limited cards, champion cards, national team cards, rookie edition, Ukraine for peace edition, and autographed Rare cards that footballers receive on joining the platform.
It goes without saying that these cards are a lot more collectable than standard cards, especially the autographed cards that are more scarce than unique cards since only one card will ever be minted. However, It might take more than a generous offer for a footballer to even consider parting ways with one. Sorare is incredibly popular among footballers, with players such as Tony Watt, Griezmann, Hummels, Piqué and Werner having their own collections on the platform.
Besides the regular cards, Sorare also has legend cards that receive the points from the highest-scoring player of the same club in the same position the card was minted for. Example: If you own a Cruyff 1970-71 Ajax legend card, you will get the points from the highest scoring forward from Ajax for the week. Legend cards can only be used in Legend tournaments.
Tip: If you want to mainly focus on the trading aspect of Sorare to build a valuable portfolio rather than win tournaments, Limited cards offer the best liquidity and are easier to sell than cards of other scarcities.
How to Deposit and Withdraw Money on Sorare
The default way to buy players on Sorare if you don’t have any ETH in your wallet is through your debit or credit card. It is also the most straightforward way, but it could cause some complications with your banks repeatedly calling you to ask about the multiple transactions on the platform. Now that depends on the bank you have an account with, but there are other ways to add money to your account, such as Ramp or Moonpay, but that could incur additional costs. For example, if you wired funds through Ramp, it charges you a transfer fee for the conversion from fiat to ETH, and you will also pay gas fees to send ETH from Ramp to Sorare.
Note: If you buy a card from another manager directly from your credit or debit card, you are charged a 10% transaction fee.
If you are well-versed with trading crypto, you can even buy ETH from exchanges such as Coinbase or FTX and then send it to your Sorare wallet address. The only caveat is that you will have to pay gas fees for moving your crypto around, which makes this the least ideal option, especially if you have a small amount of crypto.
Similarly, you can withdraw your ETH from Sorare to your wallet on an exchange, sell it, and withdraw the fiat money to your bank account. Just like depositing money, you will have to pay some gas fees while withdrawing. The transaction fee fluctuates based on the current gas costs of the Ethereum blockchain. The busier the network, the higher the gas fees for processing transactions. You can see how active the network is on Etherscan.
How to Trade Players on Sorare
If you want to move beyond the free-to-play version of Sorare and compete for bigger and better prizes, you will first have to add some NFTs to your collection by trading for them. It puts your business mind and scouting talent to the test, and if you have played Football Manager before, you will certainly love flipping players for a profit on Sorare.
Buying Players on Sorare
Once you’ve added ETH to your wallet or will be making transactions directly through your debit or credit card, purchasing a Soraer NFT is as simple as a few clicks. There are two ways through which you can buy players on Sorare: New Card Auctions and Manager Sales/trades.
In the New Card Auctions section, freshly minted cards are listed for sale to the higher bidder, just like on eBay. The cards have a time limit ranging anywhere from three hours to a couple of days, so you can plan in advance if you have a card on your watchlist that you want to buy. Each new bid has to be 10% higher than the previous bid, and for every offer in the last minute of the auction, the clock will be reset to the 60-second mark again, giving other managers time to bid. Only cards listed by Sorare can be found in this section.
Usually, cards are listed weekly in alphabetical order, so you will find plenty of players with the same or similar names on the auction at once. Sorare also lists cards in bundles of five in the Bundles section (mostly Serie A cards of Limited, Rare, and Super Rare scarcities), so you might be able to find yourself a good bargain on a team’s stack. The platform also holds special power hours at least once every month with auctions dedicated to a specific league such as MLS or an upcoming S05 tournament such as Underdog.
When you click on a player, you can find important information about the card, such as the total NFTs minted for all seasons, yearly stats, and a breakdown of previous games’ scores and averages. The cards section displays all the NFTs minted for a player, with those on auction or sale being shown first. You can sort all the cards according to the lowest price, highest price, newly listed cards, and those ending soon.
The secondary market or Manager Sales is where other managers, like you and me, can list their cards for sale. Sorare does not charge any commission or gas fees for any sales transactions made on the platform. You can either buy cards for their listed price, make an offer, trade for a card you own, or a mix of both. Managers can set an expiry date on the trade offers that they make for one to seven days, after which the offer cannot be accepted.
It is also worth noting that a card already listed for sale cannot be used in trade; you have to delist that player first. And if you sell a player in one of your S05 lineups before the gameweek begins, you will have to replace him. Otherwise, the team’s score won’t count. Similarly, if you make a sale after the gameweek has already begun, the scores for your team will count even after the player has been sold.
Tip: Direct offers are usually the best way to find a bargain on Sorare because sometimes managers are willing to budge and sell their players for lower than the average market price.
Selling Players on Sorare
Once you have bought a player on Sorare, it takes a few minutes for the transaction to complete and the card to show up in your gallery. After the transaction is complete, you can list your player according to the FIAT or ETH price. You will be given a minute to cancel your listing before it is available for purchase by other buyers on the market. Listing expires after 48 hours, so if your card does not sell, it will have to be relisted again.
Sorare also has built-in measures to ensure managers don’t list a card for much less than the average price without double-checking. This includes an option to set a minimum price as we have mentioned before, so you don’t receive any scammy offers below your player’s worth. However, you will still have to be careful when cards are included in a trade. This is why we recommend using soraredata to check a player’s value, including historical data, to help you evaluate and make an informed decision.
Tip: The official Sorare Discord is a great way to find buyers for your cards. You can share the links and a short description of your players on the relevant channels every six hours, and the interested buyers will send you a private message.
Sorare Side Games
There is more to Sorare than just the S05 tournament. The company encourages community members and enthusiasts to create their side games with real prizes to be won from Sorare itself! This includes the free-to-play Sorare Academy and Captain Sorare side games among other games such as Sorare Mega and the Soraredata Cup where you can enter the cards that you own.
Sorare Academy is a free game that follows the same S05 format but the twist is that you can select any players from the top five leagues (Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1, and Serie A) available in the game without any budget constraints. In addition, the top 10 managers for each gameweek win a limited card as a prize. This is a great way for beginners, especially those who haven’t invested in the platform yet, to increase their chances of winning rewards.
Captain Sorare is another game you can play for free, but you have to create a team of 11 players, and since the game emphasises the captain, it has to be a card you own in your gallery of any scarcity, including common cards. The game also has a budget constraint. You start with $650 after selecting a captain from your gallery that you can use to select players for the specific tournaments that you enter on the platform, such as Liga MX or Bundesliga. The player prices are based on the averages, and there are limited seats for every tournament with prizes to be won occasionally, so don’t forget to secure a spot!
Sorare Mega has two different games that you can play: Mega League and Score Dice. In the Mega League, you can compete in 3-a-side, 5-a-side, 8-a-side, and 11-a-side tournaments, with the manager in first place winning a rare card and managers from 2nd to 11th winning a limited card. The Score Dice game gives managers a random target they have to beat with one player, but it does not have any rewards. You can only use Limited, Rare, Super Rare, and Unique scarcities players on Sorare Mega, and it even has a shop where you can buy bonus items such as jerseys and boots using the platform’s MGC currency that will boost your player’s score.
Soraredata is an essential tool for every Sorare manager as it has many tools that let you scout and analyse players. Still, few managers know that the website also has its gaming arena with leagues, cups, and private leagues where you can win rewards.
SorareBrag is a relatively new platform that lets you create private leagues with up to 4-8 of your friends and compete with them weekly. There are no prizes, but it is the best way to create a mini-league and battle with your friends for bragging rights.
If you want to get started with this amazing new way to place fantasy football, make sure to use our referral link to sign up and you will receive a free limited card on buying five cards from the auction – https://sorare.pxf.io/FreeTier2Card. As part of a limited period offer, Sorare is even offering Tier 2 MLS cards as a prize which is much better than the Tier 3 cards given out as a referral reward usually.
The world of blockchain-based games is still new and evolving. That’s why it’s good to stay on top of the latest developments and opportunities. If you decide to start playing Sorare, hopefully, this guide will help get you acquainted with how things work. If you have any questions or need help with onboarding, you can drop us a message on Twitter or our Discord server, and we will help you out. Good luck!