Virtual Soccer Season reaches Peak at FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final in Berlin on May 24

Having overcome seven months of intense competition, the world’s 32 best interactive soccer players from 18 nations will meet face to face this Saturday to compete for the title of FIFA Interactive World Player 2008 on EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 08 on PLAYSTATION 3 at the Grand Final event in Berlin’s Sony Centre. The finalists dribbled and scored their way through the 20 live qualifiers, or faced one of a total of over 25,000 players who competed in the online leg of the tournament to reach this stage.

Apart from gaining ultimate bragging rights, the winner will also walk away with a cash prize of $20,000 US and an invitation to join the world’s real life soccer heroes at the FIFA World Player Gala in December.

Spectators will be in for a treat with a combination of the very best in real and virtual sporting action throughout the day, coupled with appearances by soccer and music celebrities such as a performance by German hip-hop artist Das Bo. Anthony Baffoe, a former Ghanaian international and the first African player in the German Bundesliga will co-host the event.

The interactive zone opens at 11am with the soccer gaming virtuosos kicking-off the final tournament at 4:00 pm.

Note:

A championship final preview video highlighting the competition to date and a message from Ronaldinho is available upon request by emailing sfrost@ea.com

For more information on the road to the Grand Final and in-depth profiles of all 32 participants, please visit www.FIFA.com/FIWC

All media representatives can register upon arrival at the Sony Centre at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. For logistical matters please contact Please contact: Tim Frith at tfrith@activesportsmarketing.com


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