Name: Francisco Cruz
Qualification route for FIWC11: Winner of Poland Live Qualifier
Performance at FIWC11 Grand Final: Cruz remained undefeated throughout his Grand Final run, winning all his matches save for a single draw against England's Rob Brewster. He qualified top of Group C to enter the knockout stages of the tournament. Cruz beat Ruben Zerecero 4-1 in their quarterfinal match. He defeated Mark Azzi 2-0 in the semi-finals and, finally, beat Javier Munoz 4-1 to claim the title.
Hobbies: Football and video games
Favourite club: FC Porto
Favourite player: Hulk
Favourite team in FIFA 11: FC Porto
Favourite player in FIFA 11: Hulk
Favourite formation used: 4-3-3
What has been your best result at the FIWC leading up to the 2011 edition?
I came third in the 2009 Grand Final,
When did you start to play the EA SPORTS™ FIFA-series?
I started to play in 2002. Since 2009 I have been playing at a more professional level.
Do you have any advice for players looking to qualify for future Grand Finals?
Just practice with the best players in the world like I did in order to become like them. Try to copy some of the techniques that make them successfull.
What would you do with the prize money?
I think I will save it.
How do you rate your chances for the Grand Final?
On the one hand I am more experienced now than I was in 2009. On the other hand I was better in 2009 when it comes to the game itself. But the psychological state sometimes is more important than everything else.