A few days ago, Club member Frip69 walked into a Kia dealership in Boulder, Colorado and received the prize of a lifetime - a brand new Kia Soul!
The 21-year-old from the USA earned himself the brand new Kia Soul simply by being a FIFA.com club member and competing alongside football fans from all over the world in McDonald’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Fantasy - the official fantasy football game for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
Echoing the drama that unfolded on 13 July at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, the winner of our official World Cup Fantasy game was decided by the tightest of margins. Ultimately, only three points separated Fantasy champion Frip69 from runner-up CONDEY. So just how did a young Biological and Chemical Engineering student from Denver, Colorado outmuscle over one million fantasy managers from all over the world to win himself the Grand Prize?
“The World Cup fantasy game had a big emphasis on defensive bonus points,” Frip69 told FIFA.com. “Based on that I put more emphasis on a good defense and defensive midfielders in my initial squad,” he explained. “When it came to the final rounds I studied the stats on FIFA.com and looked for players with consistent performances such as Mascherano and Hummels. I also looked for breakout opportunities, for example Georgino Wijnaldum in the final stages."
The prize of a lifetime
The McDonald’s Fantasy champion was awarded his incredible new vehicle by District Sales Manager Bruce Goren, Western Region Sales Manager Mike Raumschuh and Dealer Principal for Fisher Kia, Craig Fisher. “It was a great feeling seeing the car for the first time,” he told FIFA.com in an exclusive interview shortly after the event.
“I went to the Kia dealership for the handover with my mother and my grandmother, who was in town from Germany,” said Frip69 - who is of German descent - as he recounted the exciting moments leading up to the big event. “I didn't ask for many details about the car in advance so the only thing that I knew about my Kia before arriving at the dealership was the colour,” he said. “The first thing I noticed was the sunroof, which I didn't expect at all! I didn't think that my Kia Soul would include all the upgrades and features such as the speakers, sunroof, and navigation system!”
The keys received and paperwork signed, Frip69 switched on the ignition and invited his first passenger in for a quick spin. “The first person to ride in it was my grandmother, who I drove around the parking lot before leaving the dealership,” he said smiling.
A passionate Colorado Rapids, Frip69 has some relaxing road trips planned in the months ahead. “I try to make it to as many Colorado Rapids games as possible,” he said. However, his first destination when leaving the Kia dealership was of a more stressful nature. “I actually had to drive straight to campus because I had an exam in the next hour! On the way I had the sunroof open, all the windows down and the music blasting. It was a good time,” he told FIFA.com.
So how do his friends and family feel about him winning a car simply by competing in football games on FIFA.com? “They all love it,” he replied. “Everybody was positively surprised about how nice it looked, both on the outside and the inside. Small things such as mood lights on the speakers blew everybody's minds.”
Since receiving his Kia Soul the fantasy game fanatic has been making the most of his weekends by driving to see his family in Denver. “However, Come New Year's,” he said, “It’s going to be just me and my friends. We’re going to be doing a road trip to Las Vegas in my Kia for a friend's 21st birthday.”
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