South African cricketers, Paul Harris and Dale Steyn.
The finals were without a doubt rigorous and intense as the two contenders were both competing to make it through to the Grand Final in Barcelona on 2nd May. The South African public came out in full force in support of the event, thus confirming the rainbow nation's passion for the beautiful game is in fact unrivalled.
Gordon Butler has won an all expenses paid trip to join a total of 32 of the world's best virtual footballers at the Grand Final where they will compete for the title of FIFA Interactive World Player 2009 and take home US$20,000 and an all new KIA ‘Soul'. The winner of the Grand Final will also receive a money can't buy opportunity to attend the FIFA World Player Gala in 2010 where he will have the chance to meet some of the world's elite male and female footballers.
Orlando Pirates enjoying a virtual game of football.
Having beaten Mubeen Gaffoor 3-1 after extra time in a highly entertaining Final, Gordon Butler was shaking with a mixture of excitement and nerves. “I was so close to going out before reaching the final 64 and I just thought I had nothing to lose as the rounds went on. I am shaking now and can't believe I have won! I can't wait to go to Barcelona and will definitely give it my best shot.”
The South African FIFA Interactive World Cup Qualifier is one of 19 Live Qualifier Events taking place around the world across the six confederations including New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, India, Spain and Italy, all taking place between October 2008 - April 2009. Players will also be able to compete for one of the 13 Grand Finalist spots available in the Online Qualification on PlayStation®Network
A view from the top balcony looking down at the event.
This year marks the fifth edition of the FIWC, which is the world's only official FIFA gaming tournament. Last year's FIWC08 tournament witnessed over 25,000 players compete from 179 countries from all six confederations around the world in an attempt to be crowned the FIFA Interactive World Player. After a hardly fought Grand Final, 19-year-old Alfonso Ramos from Spain was crowned the FIFA Interactive World Player for 2008. After his victory Ramos said, “This is the best day of my life so far...”
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. Footage and images of the Johannesburg FIFA Interactive World Cup Qualifier Event can be found on the FIFA Media Channel - http://mediachannel.extranets.fifa.com/regproc.aspx
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The basis of the world's football family is formed by FIFA's members. From the founding seven, the family has today grown to 208 affiliated football associations, also organised into six confederations spanning the globe. FIFA's worldwide activities go well beyond its various competitions, such as the world's biggest single-sport event, the FIFA World Cup™. In projects such as the Football for Hope movement (incl. SOS Children Villages, UNICEF and street football world) and the FIFA GOAL Programme- just to name a few of its development and charity activities - FIFA gives material, financial and promotional support to develop the game and bring joy to underprivileged worldwide. To stay updated on FIFA's events including the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup™, please click on www.FIFA.com
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