UK FIWC Champion George Tsirita lamented selection errors as he bowed out of the FIWC Grand Final at the group stage on Tuesday evening, but he admitted he’s loved every minute of the experience.
The 18-year-old professional gamer qualified from the UK tournament at White Hart Lane earlier this year as the best FIFA 13 player from the United Kingdom, and he put on a strong showing in Madrid.
Two wins, two losses and a draw had given him a slim chance of reaching the Grand Final quarter-finals heading into his last Group C game against Marc Arisa Castella, but a 3-1 defeat for the Brit ended his dreams of qualifying for the next stage.
Speaking to GiveMeFootball after his elimination, George said: “I think I didn’t pick the right players. Essien and Khedira [could have made the difference].”
A lack of powerful midfielders let his Real Madrid side down as Castella romped into an early lead. Despite numerous chances and a number of close calls with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, Tsirita just couldn’t find the back of the net until it was too little too late.
Spanish student Oscar Martin taught Tsirita something of a lesson on Day 1, beating the British teenager 2-0, and Tsirita admitted the Spaniard was his toughest opponent in the competition, and one to watch as a potential winner.
When asked about his pick for the overall champion of the FIWC Grand Final 2013, Tsirita revealed he had two names in mind though. “Oscar and Bruce [Grannec],” said George, whose nickname is ‘The Greek’.
As for next year, he revealed he hopes to get the opportunity to do it all again.
“It’s been really amazing,” said Tsirita. “I’m going to try [to qualify for next year’s tournament]. I’ll see what I can do.”