Millions of FIFA 14 fans have the chance to be crowned FIFA 14 World Champion in Rio.

The FIWC is now open to millions of competitors all over the globe as they battle it out for 20 coveted places in the Grand Final event.

It will be the first time ever that the FIWC Grand Final has taken place in the host nation of the FIFA World Cup, allowing the winner to be crowned in the same country as the world's best team in July 2014.

The Maracana, which will host the FIFA World Cup final, played host to another game yesterday as a ceremonial first tie of the FIWC 14 tournament took place between Brazilian FIWC champion, Andre Buffo, and an official for the FIFA tournament, Mascot Fuelco.

All FIWC competitors received a good luck message from Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo.

“To be crowned a FIFA World Champion is an incredibly special moment” said Ronaldo, who scored the winning goals in the 2002 World Cup final, in a press release sent to GiveMeSport.

“Usually this honour is limited to the very best professional football players.

“I think it’s fantastic that the FIFA Interactive World Cup makes that dream a possibility for football fans all over the world and I’m looking forward to experiencing the event next year in Rio."

The tournament last year attracted more than 2.5 million competitors from all over the world.

Qualification for the 10th edition of the tournament takes place over six separate one-month-long seasons with the top two online players from each season qualifying for the Grand Final.

In addition to the 20 Grand Final participants, FIFA and PlayStation will also be offering other competitors the opportunity to travel to Brazil, experience the FIWC Grand Final and watch one of the FIFA World Cup™ matches live in the stadium.

For more information on the FIWC and to become part of the FIWC community please visit www.fifa.com/fiwc and www.facebook.com/fiwc or follow the event on Twitter @FIWC.

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