Grand Final goes into full World Cup mode
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On 24 April, during the Host Country live qualification event held at one of Brazil’s oldest and most historic stadiums, Estadio das Laranjeiras in Rio de Janeiro, the FIWC made an announcement that will ensure that the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) and FIFA World Cup™ will be closer than ever before.

The FIWC 2014 Grand Final in Brazil will be played on the official EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ game! The same time, the same city, and now, the same teams! Never before has the virtual world cup come so close to the real thing!

The Brazil qualification event brought Brazil’s eight best EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 players together to compete for the last available seat at the 2014 Grand Final. After a dramatic and emotional day, Rafael Fortes won the right to represent the 2014 FIFA World Cup and FIWC 14 Grand Final host nation at the virtual world cup!

World Cup fever begins now!
On 2 and 3 July The FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 Grand Final will take place at the very heart of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. In Rio de Janeiro, surrounded by all the World Cup celebration and fever, the world’s best FIFA 14 gamers will take to their PlayStations in the hopes of securing international fame, glory and a massive grand prize that includes USD 20,000 and a trip to the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

With 11 countries represented among the 20 finalists, the FIWC 2014 Grand Final is set to have all the international flavour you would expect from an official FIFA tournament. National pride at the virtual world cup is always high, with players fuelled by the hopes of returning home as world champions. FIWC 2014, the first edition to ever take place during a FIFA World Cup, has seen that national pride come to the fore. The chance to win a virtual world cup for their nation, during the pinnacle of international football, has every one of the finalists ready to wear their international colours with pride.

Choosing their teams
The Grand Finalists have until 31 May to submit their two international teams of choice from the FIFA World Cup game (two teams ensures that there will be no matches at the FIWC in which both player select the same country). In the coming weeks will be delving into the tactics, choices and selections made by our Grand Finalists as they try and select a team worthy of being the next world champion!

The official FIFA World Cup game is in stores now! Get your copy and enjoy the World Cup flavour of everybody’s favourite football game.