Damian dominates in Poland
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Damian Trutkowski won the Poland Live Qualifier Event for the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2010 today. The 19-year-old from Tczew, Poland is the twelfth player to book his place at the FIWC10 Grand Final.

After a day of intense football skills showcased on EA SPORTS™ FIFA10 virtual pitch on PlayStation®3, Trutkowski beat Bartosz Pietka 1-0 in the tightly contested final match. The new national champion will travel to Barcelona where he will represent Poland at the FIWC10 Grand Final on 1 May. After his nervy 1-0 victory Trutkowski exclaimed, "I have had such a great day here and am really pleased to have won. I will train very hard and aim to go to Barcelona to win the Grand Final."

I have had such a great day here and am really pleased to have won. I will train very hard and aim to go to Barcelona to win the Grand Final.
Poland Live Event winner Damian Trutkowski

Big weekend in Warsaw
Warsaw is hosting some of the biggest names in football this weekend as the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying draw takes place at the Palace of Culture and Science. Meanwhile, just a few miles down the road at the Hala Arena Ursynow, 480 virtual footballers were locked in a tense football qualification battle of a different sort. Approximately one thousand visitors attended the Poland Live Event, which is the first live qualifier of the year. Long queues were already formed by 7.30 AM as players braved freezing temperatures to secure one of only 480 qualifying spots.

Absalom continues quest
It did not take long for the first upset of the day to occur as Karol Rogaczewski, Poland’s FIWC08 winner, made an early exit in the first round. Absalom Warkor, who arrived from the Netherlands having won the right to compete from the Quarter Finals stage of the tournament after winning the feeder event in Amsterdam last month, was so impressed by the level of competition that he spent the majority of his day honing his virtual skills ahead of his first Quarter Final.

Unfortunately for Absalom his practice was not enough and he was knocked out by eventual finalist Bartosz Pietka. Although he failed in his Polish FIWC adventure, the Dutchman was pleased to have been able to test himself against the cream of Poland’s FIWC crop and is eager to continue his quest for a place at the FIWC10 Grand Final. Do not be surprised if you find Absalom at either the Danish or French Live qualifier events taking place next month!

Celebrity match
One of the main attractions of the day was the spectacular ten-against-ten exhibition match between top Polish football team Legia Warszawa and a Dream Team composed of Polish celebrities. There was a great amount of media attention in the build up to this exhibition match, with the Dream Team’s preparation being closely followed by the local media. Legia Warszawa were definitely favourites going into the match, having participated in a similar match at the Polish FIWC09 Qualifier Event. Nevertheless, this did not faze the Dream Team, who kept their nerve to successfully win the highly entertaining game 2-0.

With 19 Grand Final spots still up for grabs, there are still plenty of opportunities for players to book their place in Barcelona. There are still eight Live Qualification events to go, the next of which will be in Johannesburg, South Africa on 6 March.

Meanwhile, the second season of online qualification for FIWC10 is heating up. Season 2 ends on 31 March. If you have not already registered to compete in FIWC10 and you fancy joining Damian Trutkowski at the Grand Final in Barcelona, visit www.FIFA.com/FIWC to find out how to register.