Sergey wins Moscow showdown
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The FIFA Interactive World Cup community turned its attentions to Moscow on Sunday, 13 March 2011, where one of the 32 coveted FIWC11 Grand Final tickets was up for grabs.

The response to the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2011 in Russia has been huge. Over half a thousand gamers from several cities battled it out on the virtual pitch for a place at the final FIWC11 Russia Live Qualification Event in Moscow. At the end of the qualification campaign, which stretched from Kazan to St. Petersburg and ran from 5 February to 13 March, the best 16 players convened in Moscow to determine the overall winner.

The Russian voice of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 11, Vassiliy Soloviev, hosted a thrilling tournament which offered high drama, fantastic football and incredible displays of virtual skill. No wonder all those in attendance were left in awe of both the quality and sheer dexterity of those competing. "It's unbelievable what these players can do with a simple controller. If only my club Dynamo Moscow would play that way," said one spectator.

It's unbelievable what these players can do with a simple controller. If only my club Dynamo Moscow would play that way.
Spectator at the Russian Final Live Event Qualifier for FIWC11

In a highly-charged final which went down to the wire, Sergey Polichnoy of St. Petersburg eventually emerged victorious, guiding defending European champions Inter Milan to a  2-0 victory. Sergey, who is now set to compete in his first ever FIWC Grand Final, could hardly believe he had earned the opportunity to challenge the world's elite EA SPORTS™ FIFA 11 gamers. At the Grand Final, the Russian champion will have a shot at becoming the next FIFA Interactive World Champion.

Whether you’re a participant or just a spectator, the unique atmosphere of the FIFA Interactive World Cup is sure to bring out the best in you! To find out where and when the next live qualification event is taking place, visit the FIWC11 Events section.