FIWC 2014 | Meet the Finalists | Team England

As the the world’s 20 best EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 players all fly out to Rio de Janeiro for the the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 Grand Final on 2nd and 3rd July, we introduce you to some of the key players.  We kick off today with the 2 players from England.

FIWC14 | Meet The Finalists

FIWC14 | Meet The Finalists

2 of England’s top FIFA players have qualified to proudly represent us out in Rio. We bring you some key details here so you get to know the players in advance of this week’s Grand Final.

Ty Walton

Ty is 21 years old from Redditch in the Midlands and qualified for Rio as the Online Season 1 Runner-up.  Ty is a Pro Players for Team Dignitas and you can find here Ty’s full bio for FIWC14 over at FIFA.com.

Ty Walton

Ty Walton

As reported recently in an interview with Wired UK, Ty began playing Fifa in 2003, at just 10 years old, but it wasn’t until Fifa 2011 that he decided to take a shot at qualifying, not long after that he decided to turn pro.

Actually it was after winning multiple Fifa tournaments. I was then approached by one of the biggest gaming organisations in the world (Dignitas — no, not that one) who I’m still with today, they then allowed me to travel all over the world and compete at events.

Check out the full interview over at Wired UK.

Ty has also appeared on English national TV and radio this week, check out his interviews:

BBC Newsbeat | England player still hoping for Brazil World Cup glory

(Click on picture of Ty below to watch video).

BBC Newsbeat - England player still hoping for Brazil World Cup glory

BBC Newsbeat – England player still hoping for Brazil World Cup glory

BBC Midlands Today | Ty’s World Cup dream

Ty has won a number of UK online and offline FIFA tournaments that we have run and was our FIFA Masters Series league winner last season, losing out in the Grand Final to Sean Allen.

He gets a strong thumbs up from us here at Sweetpatch TV as one of the tournaments pre-favourites.

Dave Bytheway

Dave is 20 years old from Wolverhampton in the Midlands and qualified for Rio as the Online Season 1 Community Qualifier Winner.  Dave is a Pro Player for TCM Gaming and you can find here Dave’s full bio for FIWC14 over at FIFA.com.

Dave Bytheway

Dave Bytheway

Before Dave jetted off to Rio we managed to grab a quick interview via Twitter with him:

Q1 | What are you most looking forward to out in Rio?

Too many things to say in one tweet mate. Christ the redeemer, quarter final at the Maracana.

Q2 | If you had to pick one or two things, what would they be?

Copacabana Beach is up there, hotel is about 30 seconds away. The fan fest should be good as well.

We wish Dave the very best of luck out in Rio and hope he has an amazing tournament.

FIWC Grand Final Is Coming to Brazil

The FIFA Interactive Grand Final 2014 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, during the FIFA World Cup Brazil, from 1-4 July. Watch the build up video FIWC Grand Final Is Coming to Brazil.

Player Seedings

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.

FIWC World Ranking for FIWC 2014 Grand Final*
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.

Grand Final Draw

On 1 July, on the eve of the 2014 Grand Final in Rio, the FIWC will hold the tournament draw for the Grand Final. There are five pots, comprising 4 players each. The players will be drawn from the pots into four groups of five players each.  Check out the pots and how the groups progress to the knockout stages at Grand Finalists ranked and ready for 2 July! – FIFA.com.

Meet the Finalists

In the lead up to the Grand Final we will introduce you to the key players for the two-day tournament.

So who is your favourite?

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