The world’s 20 best EA SPORTS FIFA 14 players have arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 Grand Final. After an afternoon of dramatic FIFA World Cup games, the attention turned to the virtual arena for the FIWC 2014 Grand Final Tournament Draw at the Pescana hotel. See who are in which groups.
Draw hosts Kay Murray and Dwight Yorke were joined by special guest and 1994 FIFA World Cup winner Dunga to conduct the official draw for the Group Stage. The 4 groups consist of five players each, with the top two in each group advancing to the quarterfinals.
The 20 Grand Finalists have been seeded according to the FIWC World Ranking which takes into account player performances over the past four editions of the FIFA Interactive World Cup, including both matches in qualification and games at the Grand Finals.
Over the years, FIWC Grand Finalists have collected ranking points which count towards their world ranking. The ranking depreciates on a yearly basis, meaning that more recent performances accrue stronger points than older editions of the FIWC.
|Grand Final Seeding||Player||Nation||World Ranking||How Qualified|
|1||Bruce Grannec||France||1||Defending Champion|
|2||August Rosenmeier||Denmark||3||Season 3 Online winner|
|3||Ovidiu Patrascu||Romania||10||Season 4 Online winner|
|4||Krasimir Ivanov||Bulgaria||13||Season 4 Online runner-up|
|5||Ty Walton||England||19||Season 1 Online runner-up|
|6||David Bytheway||England||23||Season 1 Community Qualifier winner|
|7||Adam Johnston||Republic of Ireland||23||Season 2 Community Qualifier winner|
|8||Alban Xhemajli||Netherlands||23||Season 3 Community Qualifier winner|
|9||Farid Diffallah||France||23||Season 4 Community Qualifier winner|
|10||Anders Bollerup||Denmark||23||Season 5 Community Qualifier winner|
|11||Steven van de Vorst||Netherlands||23||Season 6 Community Qualifier winner|
|12||Michael Ribeiro||USA||29||Season 6 Online runner-up|
|13||Irving Velazquez||Mexico||30||Season 3 Online runner-up|
|14||Johann Simon||France||32||Season 2 Online runner-up|
|15||Jorrick Boshove||Netherlands||32||Season 2 Online winner|
|16||Marian Avram||Romania||32||Season 5 Online winner|
|17||Tihomir Kolev||Bulgaria||32||Season 5 Online runner-up|
|18||Adrien Viaud||France||32||Season 6 Online winner|
|19||Julien Dassonville||France||38||Season 1 Online winner|
|20||Rafael Fortes||Brazil||42||Host Country Qualifier Winner|
*For players with the same world ranking, a world ranking tie-breaker was used. The player who qualified earliest in FIWC 2014 was given the better seeding.
Meet the Finalists
In the lead up to the Grand Final we have introduced you to some of the key players for the two-day tournament.
So who is your favourite?