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FIFA Interactive World Cup 2008

Young Boy triumphs in Berne

Tunc Polat (C) with third placed Steven Ulrich (L) and runner-up Kevin Kupferschmid (R)
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The Stade de Suisse, home of the Young Boys Berne, and also one of this summer's venues for UEFA EURO 2008, played host to the Swiss qualifying event for the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final.

It was won by teenager Tunc Polat in the most dramatic of circumstances. After equalising with the last kick of normal time in the final, Tunc scored again in extra time to secure a memorable win over Kevin Kesperschmidts.

The high school student from Basle, who played as Barcelona said: "It's amazing, I thought I'd lost, and then to equalise in the 90th minute was unbelievable! The competition was really tough, I can't believe it."

The tournament started in truly professional style, as the players were taken down into the stadium's dressing rooms to be given their playing kit, all personalised with their names and supplied by adidas.

Rainer Salzgeber, star of Swiss TV, put the players through their pre-match paces, providing the players with a rare chance to take the walk from dressing room, out of the tunnel and out on to the pitch

Ten pre qualifying events all over Switzerland produced the day's 16 finalists. Together with Tunc and Kesper, Stephen Ulrich and Davar Brescacovic all reached the semi-finals; Brescacovic getting through by means of a nervous penalty shoot out.

The final proved to be a tight, technical affair, with the game moving from end to end; a fitting end to a tremendous day.

In addition to the tournament, players were able to use adidas technology to have themselves put into the latest advertising alongside some of the world's greatest players.

The crowd of competition winners and lucky guests were entertained by local band Camp, who have the track 'From Extremely Far Away" on the FIFA 08 soundtrack.

This weekend has been a big one for the FIFA Interactive World Cup with six qualifying events taking place. In just under two months time, the Grand Final will take place in Berlin - and joining them will be Polat - the champion of Switzerland.

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