The 21 best FIFA 13 players from around the world have gathered in Madrid this week for a chance to be named the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) champion.
Defending champion and two-time winner Alfonso Ramos takes the controller as favourite but faces competition from four other Spaniards – the best represented nationality in the tournament.
With over 2.5 million players registered for this year’s tournament, it’s the biggest virtual football competition in the world.
But it all comes down to 71 matches over the course of three days (6-8 May) as the 21 participants from as far afield as Columbia and Bulgaria go head-to-head for the right to be named the world’s best virtual footballer.
Part of the deal of winning the tournament also includes $20,000 in prize money and two tickets to the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or – not bad going.
The competition gets underway this evening (Monday 6 May) with live streaming provided by Sony Playstation and EA Sports on a special dedicated YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/fifatv. The tournament will be streamed between 18:00 and 20:00 CET on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
1998 World Cup winner and FIWC ambassador Christian Karembeu will be attendance, as two days of competition builds towards the final showpiece at the Teatro Goya on Wednesday 8 May.
Keep an eye out for the latest updates from the tournament at GiveMeSport.com – including match reviews, exclusive interviews and up-to-the-minute news.
The three group stages for the FIFA FIWC 2013 Grand Final are as follows...
Alfonso Ramos (Spain)
Rodrigo Pileggi (Brazil)
Rafael Riobo (Spain)
Vincenzo Caggese (Italy)
Stanislav Chakarov (Bulgaria)
Ovidiu Patrascu (Romania)
Andres Botero (Colombia)
Bruce Grannec (France)
August Rosenmeier (Denmark)
Daniel Cordera (Spain)
Juan Ambriz (USA)
Andrei Torres Vivero (Mexico)
Daniel Rodriguez Moyano (Colombia)
Edizon Quiroga (Colombia)
Kai Wollin (Germany)
Oscar Martin (Spain)
George Tsirita (UK)
Marc Arisa (Spain)
Abdulaziz Alshehri (Saudi Arabia)
Krasimir Ivanov (Bulgaria)
Kevin Assia (Germany)