Germany’s Umut “Umut” Gultekin became the EA Sports FIFA World Cup 2022 World Champion by defeating Argentina’s Nicolas “nicolas99FC” Villalba in a pair of matches on Sunday in Copenhagen, Denmark.
It was Umut’s debut at the FIFA World Cup.
Neither man could break through with a goal as the pair remained tied 0-0 through two full regular season matches before Umut won 5-4 on penalties to seal the championship.
“It’s a crazy moment, I’ve worked so hard for it,” Umut said when asked about the dramatic finish. “I don’t think when I play; I just want to play.”
Earlier in the day, Umut defeated Emre “EmreYilmaz” Yilmaz of the Netherlands 2-1, 2-0 in the semifinals to advance to the final. Nicolas99FC defeated Francesco “Obrun2002” Pio Tagliafiera of Italy 1-0, 2-2 to advance.
Second place is nicolas99FC’s highest finish after previous top 4, 8 and 16 finishes.
It was also the first FIFAe World Cup to be held in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Another German, Mohamed “MoAuba” Harkus, was the previous champion of the tournament held in London in 2019.