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The FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 2018 marks August ‘Agge’ Rosenmeier’s sixth appearance at the event – more than any other player in the history of the competition. The Dane won the title in 2014 and is looking to repeat this feat four years on.

Stats

  • Making his record sixth Grand Final appearance
  • Champion in 2014
  • One of two Grand Finalists to secure their play-off ticket in an ESWC tournament

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In brief

Agge’ has been a familiar face on the competitive FIFA scene since 2011. The Dane has been playing the game for more than 15 years, making him one of the most experienced competitors at the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 2018.

He plays for Hashtag United alongside team-mates ‘dreamR’ and ‘Boras’.

Road to the Grand Final

Rosenmeier, who lives in Copenhagen, booked his place at the EA Sports Playoffs in Amsterdam by finishing as the best PlayStation player at the ESWC in Paris.

He then beat ‘Cihan’ 5-2 over two legs at the play-offs in the Netherlands to reach his sixth Grand Final, where his Group D rivals include compatriot ‘Marcuzo’.

His chances at the Grand Final

Few players can draw on more experience than Rosenmeier. After some inconsistent performances in recent years, he is now back on the sport’s biggest stage and ready to repeat his 2014 triumph.

“I’m here to win,” Agge said. “I always set my sights high at a tournament.”

His views on the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final:

Strongest opponent in his group: ‘Marcuzo’

Best attacking player: ‘Marcuzo’

Best defensive player: ‘nicolas99fc’

Most underrated player: ‘dreamR’

Motto: “If you win, it changes your life. If you don’t win, it doesn’t. This is an opportunity to show the world who you are.”

Who will win the Grand Final? ‘Boras’

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  • Magicstick81 seized the Grand Prize highlighted by a brand new Kia Sportage
  • Loai.Alrwas finished fantastically to snatch second place and a Hisense television
  • 2.1 million FIFA.com users played the McDonald’s FIFA World Cup™ Fantasy

Two million-plus rivals couldn’t decipher the wizardry – Magicstick81 is the McDonald’s FIFA World Cup™ Fantasy champion for Russia 2018 and winner of an amazing Grand Prize, highlighted by a brand new Kia Sportage. Loaibarca finished with a whopping 68 points to rocket from seventh to second and seize coach Loai.Alrwas the second-place prize, decorated by a Hisense television, while Sladuna, YazanYaz and Floydeth claimed the third-to-fifth-placed prizes.

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The Champion

Magicstick coached by Magicstick81 (446 points)

The Grand Prize

  • Brand new Kia Sportage
  • Signed captain’s armband from the Russia 2018 winners
  • Copy of EA SPORTS FIFA 18 for PS4

Magicstick81 boldly unleashed their two Boosters early, and it bore fruit. With Magicstick’s Bench Boost active in Round 1, the coach incredibly managed a maximum seven clean sheets and had two-goal Harry Kane as captain. After having Kane in the armband again in Round 2, which was worth an almighty 32 points, Magicstick81’s Maximum Captain meant Andreas Granqvist had his 12 points doubled into 24 in Round 3.

A lamentable Round 4 saw Magicstick freefall from fifth, but those who wrote them off would regret it. Magicstick81 produced three exceptional rounds thereafter, with courageous captain choices including Corentin Tolisso and Ivan Perisic paying dividends and sending them into the last two matches in third, one point off the pace.

With the coaches above them, Sladuna and Jerseyman8, taking 56 and 37 points respectively, Magicstick81 benefitted bulkily from Belgians in the playoff for third place, with Thibaut Courtois (7 points), Vincent Kompany (6), Thomas Meunier (12) and captain Eden Hazard (6, doubled to 12) proving just enough to stave off the supersonic sprint home of Loai.Alrwas.

The Runner-up

Loaibarca coached by Loai.Alrwas (444 points)

Second Prize

  • Hisense television
  • Signed captain’s armband from the runners-up team at Russia 2018
  • Copy of EA SPORTS FIFA 18 for PS4

Rather than put Kevin De Bruyne or Eden Hazard, who were way more popular captain choices, in his armband on Saturday, Loai.Alrwas gave it to Thomas Meunier, who got a huge 12 points doubled into 24. Impressively, five of the coach’s ten outfield players scored a goal in Round 7, which helped Loaibarca clinch a colossal 68 points and leap from seventh to second.

3rd to 5th

Florid coached by Sladuna (441 points)
YazanX coached by YazanYaz (434 points)
Putin In A Shift coached by Floydeth (432 points)

Prize

  • one fully completed Panini sticker album
  • one copy of EA SPORTS FIFA 18 for PS4
  • one signed captain’s armband from a match at Russia 2018

Florid’s six players in the Final returned merely 15 points between them, which ultimately put paid to the hopes of the co-leaders going into Round 7, but coach Sladuna made some genial decisions over the tournament. YazanX was another team that was always there or thereabouts, but YazanYaz will rue seizing just 39 points from the semi-finals. Putin In A Shift, meanwhile, exceptionally came from 131st after the group stage to steam home in fifth.

Round Prizes
Round 1: Laxyk91(first), EngAliAdel2 (second), guyk600 (third)
Round 2: kia123456 (first), aznidarsic (second), TeamKoko (third)
Round 3: Cobaain (first), srbijanac99 (second), Madixq (third)
Round 4: Anel89 (first), Ashedin (second), MHiggi (third)
Round 5: Nordlicht
4 (first), djespo10 (second), kevinstohan6 (third)
Round 6: SASA542143 (first), G___O (second), Djskinz (third)
Round 7: zumazuma (first), hima_bando (second), Klghhjer_ (third)

McDonald’s and FIFA would like to say a big thank you to the two million-plus who took part – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

The Final Leaderboard

1st. Magicstick coached by Magicstick81 (446 points)


2nd. Loaibarca coached by Loai.Alrwas (444)


3rd. Florid coached by Sladuna (441)
4th. YazanX coached by YazanYaz (434)
5th. Putin In A Shift coached by Floydeth (432)


6th. Schopenhauers coached by Vonpommern (425)
7th. _ FC Lös
coached by Ludaslol (424)
8th. TrebleD coached by TrebleD (423)
9th. Allstars Anonymous coached by Jerseyman8 (422)
10th. Zirka coached by Zirka10 (420)
10th. Rufus Athletic coached by Rufussino (420)
12th. BaskayaFC coached by BASKAYAFC (419)
12th. Oxymorons coached by Uros90Nbg (419)
12th. Tselepoul coached by Telonis (419)
15th. ALE… EL PADRE DE coached by MymaLV41 (418)
16th. Hurricane XI coached by Siddub (417)
16th. _Arif AB
coached by Zureegh (417)
18th. Tom Stars coached by Daveward2014 (416)
19th. Pique Blinders coached by SBTV123 (415)
19th. FC Elkhan coached by ELKHANELKHAN (415)
19th. FC Kalonka coached by Krymic1991 (415)
Total teams entered: 2.13 million
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  • ​Ghana set to take part in their fifth straight U-20 Women’s World Cup
  • They have yet to reach the quarter-finals of the competition
  • Coach Yussif Basigi has set that as his side’s objective this time around

When it comes to women’s youth football, there can be no questioning Ghana’s status as one of Africa’s big guns. The Black Princesses are about to make their fifth consecutive appearance at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, where they will be joined by fellow continental heavyweights Nigeria, the two having knocked out the likes of South Africa and Cameroon en route to France 2018.

Yet as a glance at their tournament record shows, Ghana have yet to grace the last eight. Hoping to put that straight in France is their coach, Yussif Basigi, who had this to say to FIFA.com: “We’re really hoping to make it this time. That’s our objective.”

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) turned to the former senior national women’s team boss to end that disappointing sequence. And since his arrival in the post, a sense of hope and optimism has grown in the Black Princesses camp, on the back of some very promising numbers.

24 – the number of goals scored by Ghana in their six qualifying matches, one more than Nigeria. The Black Princesses and the Super Falconets enjoyed a similar run to the world finals, winning five matches each, drawing one apiece and conceding two goals each.

Basigi’s view: “I’m pleased with the qualifiers we had. We’re hoping to keep the momentum going in France and to play as well as we did in the qualifying competition. Nigeria scored fewer goals than us. I wouldn’t say that we’re better, but it has to be said that our statistics are a little better than theirs.”

15 – the number of years of experience that Basigi has in women’s football. The current U-20 national team coach started out in the discipline in 2003, taking charge of several Ghanaian club sides before being given the senior national women’s team post in 2012, one he held until 2016. During his Black Queens tenure, he guided them to the African Games title in Brazzaville 2015, their first triumph in the competition. The experience he has acquired over the years will be vital to the Princesses’ hopes at France 2018.

Basigi’s view: “I don’t see going from the seniors to the U-20s as a backward step. I had the pleasure of coaching the full national team for a long time and I’m honoured to have been invited to take on this new challenge with the U-20s. I started out as a Physical Education (PE) teacher and I’m used to working with youngsters. It’s going to be a real test for me.”

10 – the number of goals scored by Princella Adubea in the African qualifiers. The Ghana captain will be keen to make her mark in France, having failed to find the back of the net on her last appearance in the competition, at Papua New Guinea 2016.

Basigi’s view: “Princella is a phenomenal player. She’s disciplined, talented and a tireless worker. She sets an example on and off the pitch.”

2 the number of African teams that have represented the continent at the last four U-20 Women’s World Cup competitions. Those two teams are Ghana and Nigeria, who have dominated the qualifiers in recent years. This time around only Cameroon caused Ghana any problems, holding them to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their third-round tie before losing 4-1 on aggregate.

Basigi’s view: “There’s talent everywhere you go in Africa, but the infrastructures differ from one place to the next. Women’s football has been around for a long time in Nigeria and Ghana. Leagues have been set up and a lot of resources made available to help the sport develop. Elsewhere it’s taken a little while for things to be put in place, though huge progress has been made in countries like South Africa and Zimbabwe. Across the continent as a whole there’s a smaller gap between teams now.”

1 Ghana play the hosts in their first match at France 2018, in Vannes on 5 August 2018, an occasion on which Basigi and the Black Princesses will hope to shine.

Basigi’s view: “As the tournament hosts, France will have the support of their fans. It’s going to be a tough match and we’ll try to prepare for it in the best possible way. Our objective is still to get out of the group though.”

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  • Ukraine and France secured their spots at next year’s U-20 World Cup
  • They join Italy, Portugal and hosts Poland at the 2019 world finals
  • England face Norway in a play-off for the final European qualifying berth​

Ukraine and France joined Italy and Portugal in securing their berths for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 after finishing in the top two places in Group B at this year’s UEFA European U-19 Championship in Finland.

The Ukrainians topped the group with an undefeated record of two wins and a draw, with Monday’s 1-0 victory over Turkey ensuring their passage to the tournament semi-finals.

France advanced to the last four at Finland 2018 as Group B runners-up following a pair of convincing 5-0 results against Turkey and defending U-20 World Cup and European U-19 champions England.

Poland 2019 will be Ukraine’s fourth appearance at a U-20 World Cup. On their three previous occasions at the global finals (2001, 2005 and 2015), the Eastern Europeans reached the Round of 16.

France will be making their seventh U-20 World Cup appearance next year, having lifted the trophy back in 2013. Les Bleuets also featured in previous editions of the competition back in 1977, 1997, 2001, 2011 and 2017.

England will have one last opportunity to secure their world finals spot and a chance to defend their U-20 World Cup title when they face Norway in a play-off on Thursday. Italy will face France, while Ukraine meet Portugal in Thursday’s semi-finals at Finland 2018.

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