Stephen Coorey has won the New Zealand FIFA Interactive World Cup Qualifier Event to secure his place in the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final 2009.
Played in front of a huge audience in the Aotea Centre, the final was a Trans-Tasman showdown pitting the skills of Australian, Stephen Coorey, against those of local Auckland boy, Alistair Wallace.
Playing as Barcelona, Alistair kicked off with an intimidating goal in the first minute. Stephen, playing as Brazil, answered a mere three minutes later with a decisive goal. The fierce start set the pace for a goal-rich game, with each player answering goal for goal until Stephen scored the winner in the 80th minute, ending the game 4-3.
Stephen Coorey has won an all expenses paid trip to join a total of 32 of the world’s best virtual footballers at the Grand Final where they will compete for the title of FIFA Interactive World Player 2009 and take home US$20,000 and an all new KIA ‘Soul’. The winner of the Grand Final will also receive a money can’t buy opportunity to attend the FIFA World Player Gala in January 2010 where he will have the chance to meet some of the world’s elite male and female footballers.
“I came second last year and flew home with unfinished business,” said Stephen Coorey. “Which makes this victory all the better. I’m the first person to make the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final four times – so here’s hoping I win the big one this year!”
The New Zealand tournament is one of 19 Live Qualifier Events taking place around the world across the six confederations including Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Spain and Italy, all taking place between October 2008 – April 2009. Players will also be able to compete for one of the 13 Grand Finalist spots available in the Online Qualification on PlayStation Network.
This year marks the fifth edition of the FIWC, which is the world’s only official FIFA gaming tournament. Last year’s FIWC 08 tournament witnessed over 25,000 players compete from 179 countries from all 6 confederations around the world in an attempt to be crowned the FIFA Interactive World Player. After a hardly fought Grand Final, 19 year old Alfonso Ramos from Spain was crowned the FIFA Interactive World Player for 2008. After his victory Ramos said “…This is the best day of my life so far…”.