Over 2.5 million competitors, six online qualification seasons, four Territory Showdowns and it all comes down the next few days in Madrid! 21 elite EA SPORTS™ FIFA 13 players from all over the world have travelled to the Spanish capital for the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2013 Grand Final, taking place from 6 to 8 May.
The annual celebration of the bests players of the EA SPORTS™ FIFA series on the PlayStation®3 got underway in Madrid today as the tournament draw was conducted live and streamed online to the global FIWC community. The three days of gameplay promise to be action packed with 71 matches taking place in total. By 8pm (CET) on 8 May one lucky finalist will have secured the world title, USD20,000 in prize money and a trip for two to the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala. Be sure to tune in to the FIWC Live Stream at the following times to watch the tournament live.
| Tournament Stage
||Date|| Live Stream
|Day 1||6 May||18:00-20:00 pm CET|
|Day 2||7 May||18:00-20:00 pm CET|
|Finals||8 May||18:00-20:00 pm CET|
Three Groups of seven
Defending champion Alfonso Ramos, FIWC12 runner-up Bruce Grannec and 2012 bronze medalist Kai Wollin are split across three groups (A, B and C) as the tournament seeds. Each group has seven players. The group stage has a standard round-robin format with each Grand Finalist playing every other player in his respective group once. After every player has completed their six group-stage matches the top two finishers in each group and the two best third-place finishers overall will qualify for the quarterfinals.
|Alfonso Ramos (Spain)|
|Rodrigo Pileggi (Brazil)|
| Rafael Riobo (Spain)
| Vincenzo Caggese (Italy)
- replaced by Mattia Guarracino (Italy)
|Stanislav Chakarov (Bulgaria)|
|Ovidiu Patrascu (Romania)|
|Andres Botero (Colombia)|
Group A reactions: "I think the best in the group are Rafael, Stanislav and Ovidiu but anyone here can surprise us. Rafael Riobo I think is one of the best Spanish players at the moment." - defending FIFA Interactive World Cup champion Alfonso Ramos.
|Bruce Grannec (France)|
|August Rosenmeier (Denmark)|
|Daniel Cordera (Spain)|
|Juan Ambriz (USA)|
|Andrei Torres Vivero (Mexico)|
|Daniel Rodriguez Moyano (Colombia)|
|Edizon Quiroga (Colombia)|
Group B reactions: "I don't know all of them, some are new, it's gonna be difficult. We will see Monday when we start." - FIWC12 silver-medalist Bruce 'The Machine' Grannec.
|Kai Wollin (Germany)|
|Oscar Martin (Spain)|
|George Tsirita (UK)|
|Marc Arisa (Spain)|
|Abdulaziz Alshehri (Saudi Arabia)|
| Krasimir Ivanov (Bulgaria)
|Kevin Assia (Germany)|
Group C reactions: "I think it's a very tough group. All of them are very good players. I played against Alshehri in the last year FIWC semi-final. It was a very hard match. Krasimir is also a very good player and the German guy had a really big qualification tournament too so it's very very difficult." - FIWC12 bronze medalist Kai Wollin.
See you at 6pm CET on Monday 6 May for the opening day of the FIFA Interactive World Cup, the world's largest gaming tournament! Follow the FIWC on Twitter and like the FIWC on Facebook to stay up to date on all things FIWC.