2009 champion claims his ticket to Dubai
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Galaxy Foot, which took place in Paris from 13-15 April, hosted a thrilling FWC12 French Live Qualification Event. 32 highly skilled EA SPORTS™ FIFA 12 players faced off for the French crown in an action-packed weekend at Galaxy Foot. In the end, 2009 FIFA Interactive World Cup Champion Bruce Grannec came out on top to claim his ticket to Dubai.

A field of thousands
From February to April, over 2,000 French players competed in the seven national pre-qualifier events held all over the country. From the field of 2,000 FIWC hopefuls, 32 gamers managed to qualify for the French Final, resulting in a weekend of fierce completion in the nation’s capital. In a tough final, Grannec overpowered Johan Simon to win the French title. The former FIWC champion has his eyes firmly set on a second world title.

The chance to go to Dubai and see another part of the world is truly amazing. I can’t wait to see what the tournament has in store for all of the competitors.
2009 FIWC Champion and FIWC12 Grand Finalist Bruce Grannec

“It’s a real honour to once again become the FIFA Interactive World Cup French Champion,” said Grannec. “Hopefully I can now go one better and regain my title after winning it in 2009. The chance to go to Dubai and see another part of the world is truly amazing. I can’t wait to see what the tournament has in store for all of the competitors.”

A tense final
With their national hero, Karim Benzema, leading the line, it was no surprise to see both Grannec and Simon selecting Real Madrid for the French finale. In a tense opening 45 minutes, Simon proved to be up for the challenge as both players cancelled one another out.

However, after soaking up serious pressure from Simon in the second half and making a great save from a bullet header, Grannec managed to set off on a quick counter-attack down the left wing. Controlling Ronaldo, Grannec clipped it over Simon’s advancing goalkeeper to score the decisive goal of the match, much to the delight of Grannec’s travelling support. Grannec is the 11th player to qualify for the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2012 Grand Final in Dubai, which takes place from 21-23 May 2012.

FIWC hopefuls and newcomers still have a number of chances to claim a ticket to Dubai! The fifth and penultimate online season ends on 25 April and the final Online Season kicks off on 1 May. There are also five live qualification events remaining. Don’t miss out on your chance to claim a seat at the FIWC showpiece.