The big day in Prague finally arrived on 26 March 2011 as the FIFA Interactive World Cup visited the Czech capital for a live event qualifier.
A starting field of more than 300 determined competitors set off in pursuit of the precious ticket to the FIWC11 Grand Final. By the end of the day, one player had booked his trip to the Grand Final. Patryk Urbanek was overjoyed as he took to the stage, accepting his award to a round of applause.
Start of a terrific tournament
La Fabrika opened its doors to the FIWC hopefuls at 9:00 am local time. A torrent of players surged into the building, each one determined to win the event and claim the ticket for the Grand Final. The group stages were played out on 20 PlayStation®3 consoles positioned all over the main area.
From the quarter-finals onwards contestants showed off their skills on the main stage. The passionate crowd created a superb atmosphere, intently watching the live matches on video screens. The fans were rewarded with goals, high-tempo moves, skilful tricks, and above all else, dramatic matches.
A worthy winner
The final match of the day had the crowd in awe. It was thrilling stuff for the first 20 minutes, as both finalists relentlessly attacked. Patryk, playing as Chelsea, went 2-0 up after 12 minutes in a superb passage of play. Moments later, his opponent pulled one back to make it 2-1. The furious action continued until Patryk converted a penalty to make it 3-1 after only 18 minutes of play. The remainder of the first half was a deadlock and the score remained 3-1 at the break.
The eventual champion controlled the match after half-time and could easily have wrapped up the victory earlier, although the last lingering doubts were not finally banished until his fourth goal on 83 minutes. There was to be a consolation for his opponent in the last minute, but the outcome was no longer in doubt and the final ended 4-2.
Tournament winner Patryk needed a moment or two to compose himself after all the tension and drama, but he then joyfully accepted congratulations from all sides and spoke confidently of his chances of coming away from the Grand Final as world champion.
Grand Finalist hopefuls, don’t miss the chance to compete at one of the remaining FIWC11 live events, or try your luck online, there are still two seasons to go in online qualification for FIWC11. Who knows? You could be just a few matches away from a trip to the FIWC11 Grand Final.