THE DAY REPLAYED – Virtual football fans and players filled the TeatroGoya in Madrid to watch the final day of competition for the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2013 Grand Final. The quarterfinals, semi-finals and final match were projected on a giant screen to a packed audience. FIFA.com takes a look at the highlights of the final day.
The match of the day
Bruce Grannec (FRA) 1-0 Andrei Torres Vivero (MEX)
The Final match for the ninth edition of the tournament was a repeat of the Grannec-Vivero group game that kicked off Day 2. Grannec won that match 5-0 and the game proved to be a turning point in the tournament for the French champion. "It was a little bit of a miracle to come back and win it," said Bruce after defeating Vivero 1-0 in the final.
Goal of the day
An underdog at his first Grand Final, Andrei Vivero used some silky joga bonito with Brazil to upset FIWC 2012 bronze medalist Kai Wollin with a stunning goal in a tough quarterfinal match. The goal drew a massive round of applause from the crowd and helped send Mexico towards the Final.
Shortly after his sensational 4-2 semi-final win against Rafael Riobo, Mexico’s Andrei Torres Vivero said: "I want to say thanks to my friend who told me [before the match] that I must use a 4-2-4; it was the first time I ever used that formation.” It just goes to show even the elite FIFA 13 gamers could use some tips from the amateurs!
Did you know?
In his four Grand Final appearances (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) Bruce Grannec has reached an FIWC gold medal match a staggering three times and the semi-finals on all four occasions. While lethal on the attack The Machine‘s defensive prowess is an integral part of his game; Bruce conceded only 5 goals in the entire tournament.
"I just realised a few seconds ago that I will be returning to the Ballon d'Or," were Bruce Grannec's words immediately after the final. The incredible prize remains a massive draw card for FIWC players and promises a once-in a lifetime experience, unless you can win the FIWC twice!
Bruce Grannec will be traveling to the next FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala for a night amongst the greatest names in world football. The two-time champion - the second to ever complete the double - deserves the prize trip for the superb turnaround he put on in Madrid. We will also be seeing more of Bruce at FIWC14. The defending champion automatically qualifies for the next edition of the FIWC which means Bruce will get to make a fifth appearance at FIWC 2014. Join us later this year for the tenth edition of the world’s largest gaming tournament!
Quarterfinal 1: Oscar Martin (ESP) 0-1 Abdulaziz Alshehri (KSA)
Quarterfinal 2: August Rosenmeier (DEN) 0-1 Bruce Grannec (FRA)
Quarterfinal 3: Kai Wollin 1-2 Andrei Torres Vivero (MEX)
Quarterfinal 4: Rafael Riobo (ESP) 4-2 Andres Botero (COL)
Semi-final 1: Abdulaziz Alshehri (KSA) 2-2 (2-4 PSO) Bruce Grannec (FRA)
Semifinal 2: Andrei Torres Vivero (MEX) 4-2 Rafael Riobo (ESP )
Third place playoff: Abdulaziz Alshehri (KSA) 0-1 Rafael Riobo (ESP )
Final: Bruce Grannec (FRA) 1-0 Andrei Torres Vivero (MEX)