FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005

Media Release

Fédération Internationale de Football Association

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FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005

FIFA's global gaming competition to climax in Grand Final on 18 December

The second FIFA Interactive World Cup will come to a head this Sunday (18 December 2005) in London. The spectators at “The Brewery” will be in for a real treat when the world’s 10 premier players of EA Sports FIFA 06 on Xbox wage the ultimate battle for the crown of the FIFA Interactive World Player. This prestigious feat will be rewarded with a trophy on stage at the FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich less than 24 hours after the final. The gaming jamboree pitted more than 7,000 players from 25 countries against each other from 15 October to 10 December 2005, making stops in eight regional tournaments across all six confederations.

The winner of each of these tournaments earned the right to represent their region in the Grand Final - the battlefield for an unprecedented football gaming bounty. The eight regional finalists will be joined by two winners of the Xbox live final tournament, a new feature of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 played alongside the eight off-line regional events. This final Xbox live qualifier berth will also be decided on 18 December at “The Brewery” featuring the 22 best Xbox live players.

Michael Barrett from Watford in England and his Brazilian team became the first to secure a spot among the ten best football gamers in the Grand Final. There has not been an English world champion in football for almost four decades and the 16-year-old schoolboy, who triumphed in the opening event in London, wants to end this drought, at least interactively. The second into the final was Bruno Carriço de Azevedo, the younger brother of last year’s winner of the maiden edition, Thiago. Bruno is a passionate supporter of his home team Flamengo and is often inspired by their style of play when gaming. In Seoul, Yoon Seo Park returned to make it two in a row as he won the Korean event for the second time.

The fourth finalist was decided in Johannesburg, South Africa, host country of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, when David Letsoalo fought off fierce competition with his Manchester United team. Mexican Ruben Morales mastered an onslaught of gaming supremacy from the USA, Canada and Mexico to win the Los Angeles tournament with his Brazilian team. Inspired by Australia’s recent qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, Tahir Latif stormed into the Grand Final with an impressive victory at the end of a fantastic day of gaming and football in Sydney. Hungarian Gabor Mokos came back from the brink of a semi-final defeat at the second European tournament in Cologne to secure his place in the Grand Final. Spain’s Javier Devis Lara and his Brazil wrapped up the last eight, clinching victory in the third European regional event in Paris. Each winner has already received the prize of two coveted tickets for the final of the parent event - the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

2006 FIFA World Cup™ Licensees Electronic Arts and Xbox have teamed up to support world’s football governing body in organising the FIFA Interactive World Cup. This innovative FIFA event offers fans around the world the opportunity to show off their gaming skills and indulge their passion for football. The overall champion will stand alongside the world’s best footballers at the FIFA World Player Gala and be recognised in front of a global audience as the world’s best football gamer.

For more event details and the accreditation form please visit www.FIFA.com . To request the Official Emblem of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005, please fill out the marks request form for media on www.FIFAdigitalarchive.com . Media representatives may download a selection of images for editorial use only from the following link: ftp://mailgate.activesme.co.uk , Username: fiwcmedia, Password: fiwcmedia123

Grand Final Tournament Information Date: Sunday, 18 December 2005

Location: The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD, England

Timetable:

*Xbox Live Final *o 11:00 a.m.  Kick-off
o 12:15 p.m.  Semi-Finals
o 12:30 p.m.  Final

*Grand Final FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 *o 1:30 p.m.   Draw
o 2:00 p.m.   Kick-off
o 4:30 p.m.   Semi-Finals
o 5:00 p.m.   Final